This is Nelson. Nelson has my stolen iPhone.
When Katy McCaffrey couldn’t find her iPhone during a recent Disney Cruise, she suspected the worst, and with good reason. Despite all those stories you read of stolen iPhones being recovered using Find My iPhone, I know from personal experience that not only can’t the police really do anything (my wife’s iPhone was stolen and long story short, they said the area shown by the iPhone’s blue dot wasn’t precise enough to warrant searching a house) the reality is that you really need some hard proof and a lot of luck to get back a stolen iPhone. Or, you need someone with REAL power, like Disney, in your corner.
You see, the less-than-tech-savvy (alleged) thief (and Disney Cruiseline employee) began taking pictures with Katy’s iPhone, not realizing that those photos would then begin popping up on Katy’s home computer via iCloud’s Photostream feature. Through these photos, she was able to identify that the man’s name was Nelson (from his nametag), that he has a pregnant girlfriend who works in the ship’s spa, and that Nelson likes to party. And the best part is, Katy has shared Nelson’s exploits with the world via Facebook. As you can imagine, Disney isn’t having ANY of it.
“She posted an album to her Facebook, accusing a Disney Cruise employee of taking the phone and using it to document his wild life on the ship. After being shared almost 4,000 times, the pictures may have helped crack the case: The phone has been recovered aboard the Disney Wonder, and the employee in question is on administrative leave.”
To see the photos, and more importantly, to read the awesome captions Katy wrote for them, check out her Facebook Album entitled “Stolen iPhone Adventures“.
Thanks to faithful Macenstein reader Bill for the tip!