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"Thanks for taking this walk with me"
March 19, 2014 7:34 PM   Subscribe

I lost my phone after the St. Patty's parade and thought it was gone forever. However, we used the find my friends app to track it down and the guy who found it decided to document his adventure before leaving it at a local bar! I don't know who he is but thank you so much stranger!
posted by Maaik (17 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
This has got to be advertising. I just need to figure out what they are selling. Very cool / cute, regardless.
posted by chunking express at 7:53 PM on March 19 [1 favorite]


This is a perfect New Orleans story! I just adore the phone finder. I hope he identifies himself.
posted by Anitanola at 8:19 PM on March 19 [1 favorite]


Maybe the real owner of the phone would know to hold the damn thing sideways when you're taking pictures.
posted by octothorpe at 8:20 PM on March 19 [2 favorites]


Obligatory - It is not St. Patty's Day or Patty's Day. Not this year, not last year, not ever.
posted by Long Way To Go at 9:17 PM on March 19 [5 favorites]


Awww, this is sweet. This dude is charming, I'd love to get a lost phone back with random walking tour videos.
posted by yasaman at 9:18 PM on March 19


Oh, please. Found somone's phone, you say? You call the contacts. DUH. This has been true since the last millennium, at least. If you wanna invent some fake viral "quest", at the very least, orient the frikken thing to landscape mode.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 10:56 PM on March 19 [2 favorites]


Interesting. In another tab I had this Mashable article about why people binge-watch and it related a study using multiple videos including a Hitchcock short subject that

concluded that the more "controlling" the clip - those that showed the viewer exactly what they're supposed to pay attention to - the more focused the audience.

Other media that allowed the viewer to choose their own area of interest did not have the same effect. Seems to me this was fascinating for that reason.

(Call the contacts? Perhaps that function was locked out?)
posted by dhartung at 11:00 PM on March 19


I actually think the Irish should embrace St Patty's Day as "That wrong mirror world version of St Patrick's Day The Americans Do" rather than complaining about it, but I take their point.
posted by Jon Mitchell at 12:28 AM on March 20


Call the contacts? Perhaps that function was locked out?

I've done this. The funny thing is I immediately got a call from the person I called as they tried to call their friend and let them know someone found their phone. When I answered and they realized that wouldn't work they then texted the phone. Then I got a notification of an email (which might have worked). I am still not sure if person ever managed to let their friend know about my recovering their phone as I moved on to another contact who had more sense.
posted by srboisvert at 4:41 AM on March 20 [6 favorites]


On iPhones, the camera can be accessible from the lock screen without using a password or the fingerprint login. So the guy probably couldn't get into the other functions of the phone to call anyone.
posted by dnash at 7:53 AM on March 20


He didn't say Patty, he said Paddy, which is acceptable.
posted by Chuffy at 9:33 AM on March 20


On iPhones, the camera can be accessible from the lock screen without using a password or the fingerprint login. So the guy probably couldn't get into the other functions of the phone to call anyone.

I've always heard that you can use Siri when it's locked, so you can start guessing to call people in the contact list (mom, dad, home, etc).
posted by inigo2 at 9:38 AM on March 20


> I've always heard that you can use Siri when it's locked

Huh! I just tried that, and it's true.
posted by The corpse in the library at 8:07 PM on March 20


The phone owner can lock out the Siri function on the lock screen, though so it's not true on all iPhones. (Maybe new in iOS 7. I don't recall.)
posted by Gadgetenvy at 10:20 PM on March 20


On Facebook we learn he is an assistant kindergarten teacher; the kids call him Mr. Edward. He's married. Story in Gambit.
posted by Anitanola at 11:54 PM on March 20 [1 favorite]


And FB
posted by Anitanola at 11:57 PM on March 20


He didn't say Patty, he said Paddy

Both sound exactly the same in the US and Canada, so there's that.
posted by Hoopo at 11:37 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]


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