iPhone user doesn't take warning

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I was on e the Metro, running some errands and I noticed something. Something I see often, but normally not inclined to do one single thing about, and recently I was reconfirmed in my knowledge that I should continue in not doing anything.
Don't bother warning iPhone users who stand or sit near train doors that thieves can steal their phone. You've seen them, both male and female, between the ages of 20 and 45, constantly fondling their phones, standing in the doorway or near the doorway or sitting in seats adjacent to the door. I've only witnessed the guy, who unknown to me, who stole an iPhone wizzing by me then later the out of breath former owner of phone. So though I have not witnessed directly the stealing of iPhones, I've read enough and figured out as an iPhone owner, that the former owners probably weren't tossing their phones in the air or twirling them from the ends of their headphones the moment before they were stolen.
I was sitting on a yellow line train near the doors on a train with no wind guard (brrr), listening to my own iPhone, tucked away in a jacket pocket under an overcoat. Next to me on the seat was a young woman, in I guess her late 20s, bent over fiddling around with her iPhone looking at email, in the usual playing with my iPhone pose (elbows close to the body, 1 arm outscretched, the other with finger touching screen, head down, eyes focused on phone). I decide to be helpful and warn her there have been several thefts on iPhones from people near the door. She countered me by saying in a dismissive tone, "How can someone take it if I'm PHYSICALLY holding on to it." Not a question, a statement. I'm not going to argue, it was my stop, and I invested as much as I wanted into the dialogue.

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I'm trying to think of what I'd feel if a stranger came up to me and told me my phone might be stolen, and I think I'd be pretty annoyed. I don't think most people would appreciate a random person interrupting their train of thought to tell them they should be more fearful. Yes, there is a risk that an Iphone can be stolen, but the odds are much higher that it won't, and for many people if it does happen it's not the end of the world.

Well, this is an interesting perspective. I imagine if this person continues to use the phone in this way, the question may be answered by a demonstration. It's too bad we as a society are so rude and self absorbed to understand when a stranger is trying to help us out.

You can't reason with iPhone users. The Matrix has them and they're totally OK with that.

If they do get their iPhone stolen, the next day they have the pleasure of posting to Facebook/FourSquare that they took a day off from work to stand in line at the Apple store to get a new (more expensive) iPhone.

But Mari is a trained librarian and in most librarian contracts there is a clause that says you are required to walk up to people and tell them how to behave. She even took a 400-level academic course in castigation techniques, because librarians must be well-trained in tounge-lashing. She can't help it. She has to say something!
>; )

Meant to post something about this earlier ... My fiancee was jumped at 5th and Q the last week of November. The perp came up behind her, tackled her to the ground, and ran off with her phone. He tried to take her bag as well, but she changed his mind with a few left hooks. Be aware folks ... this was just a block away from our house. Yes, she was texting at the time ... sigh. Though she came away a bit shaken it could have been a whole lot worse.

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