Friday, March 06, 2009

The Evolution of Mobile Phone Thugs

I think it has become slightly safer for people to talk on phone while walking downtown Nairobi. After seeing their comrades beaten to death over cheap phones, I guess the thugs have changed tact,

But it does not mean that the thieves have abandoned their trade, they have just become sharper; the steal the phones that are more expensive.

My friend Muthoni, made us laugh the other day when she told a story of how the thugs in the estates have leant the value of the phone by the ringtone.

Her story was that there was this woman going home one day in Dandora estate, and she was passing through an alley. It was at 7 pm so there were many people walking to and from the shops, acting busy.

Though her phone was ringing, she could not pick because of the four men who were walking with her group. So the phone annoyingly rung and it was apparent that she was fearing that her phone might just go.

Put off by the ringing or failure to remove the phone from the bag, one guy said; Mama oya thimu ithuii tutiendaga Motorola (just pick up the phone we are not interested in your Motorola).

But if its a Nokia, they know the series by the ring tone and they just kindly ask you to pretend you are relatives and just hand over the phone! They even force you to hug them as they rob you in front of everyone.

Others are able to tell the kind of phone when its in the pocket; depending on the shape it projects in the pocket.

The tips are apparent; don't wear tight trousers then slide the phone in the pocket, unless you want to invite the crooks. If you can, let the phone be on vibrator or the single beep then vibrator otherwise the phone will just go.


jillo said...

Wanjiku, i think the best way out is to have your phone on vibrator. And when it rings, just look for a safer place and answer the call.

Anonymous said...

hahaha, what the hell! I cannot imagine the creativity thugs employ. Anyway, i guess... i can agree with them, many ring tones plus the quality of sound will guide you to the phone...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Shiku,

Thank your, valuable lesson learnt.

Asante kwa kutuchanua.

wangeci said...

such ingenious methods just confirms the evolution theory, the need for survival begets better (to Who?) tactics. The thugs get smarter and that leaves the ball back unto our court, better ways of outsmarting them..... whoever wins is the smarter one!

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