Las Vegas Man Tells Owners of Lost Sprint Phones to "Get Off My Lawn"
January 15, 2013 10:14 AM
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"I don't care about these technology pets they have."
It's no fun being Wayne Dobson. Dobson isn't famous; he is a normal guy who lives in a home in northern Las Vegas. The problem is that a glitch with wireless carrier Sprint in the area sends a lot of people that use an app to find their lost smartphone to his front door.
According to the 59-year-old man, over the past two years, he has had multiple people show up at his door at all hours of the day and night demanding that he return their lost phone.
"It's very difficult to say, 'I don't have your phone,' in any other way other than, 'I don't have your phone,'" Dobson said.
The police have been sent to Dobson's home twice by mistake on domestic violence calls. The problem has become so persistent that Dobson has posted signs on the front door telling people he doesn't have their phone and to call the police.
The issue that keeps sending people to Dobson's door appears to be limited to some owners of Sprint mobile phones. Sprint officials have said they are researching the problem at this time.
"It's a hell of a problem," Dobson said. "It would be nice to be able to get a good night's sleep."
Dobson said the first time this happened was in 2011 at around midnight on weekend with an upset couple banging on his door demanding their phone back. Dobson and the couple ended up calling the police.
Dobson told the police, "I just said, 'I don't know these people; I don't go where they go.' I'm 59 years old. I don't care about these technology pets they have."
Las Vegas Review-Journal
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Do you have a "technology pet" ?
1/15/2013 2:24:58 PM
Like the "Tamagotchi" of the late 90's, are the smartphones of today the new versions. Well lets see;
A 'health meter' menu, - Battery meter
A food menu, - instagram photos of food
A 'play' icon, - Smartphone games/music
A 'toilet' icon - Reboot, tweak settings
A 'discipline' icon, - Preset alarms
A 'medicine' icon, - updates/patches
A 'lights' icon, - Camera/flash
An 'attention' icon, - Facebook/twitter app.
The similarity is there, with me seeing so many people walking/sitting heads down, fingers twiddling on these little technology boxes. They have become this generation's Tamagotchis :D
So like in the old days, people came looking for their cats and dogs, now they come looking for their 'technology pets'
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