did I seriously do this?


smashed iphone

So, let me tell you about one of my top 5 stupidest moment.

The other night when I left work, I dropped my phone without realizing it and after about 15 minutes of looking for it, decided to drive home thinking it was probably in my car or bag and would turn up.

When I got home, Brian tracked my phone with our ipad. It said my phone was exactly where I was parked at work, so we drove the 20 minutes back but couldn’t find it. Ugh. We had to drive to a nearby McDonald’s parking lot for wi fi to track it again and the GPS says it’s in the same spot as us. I assumed that meant it was in the car but I couldn’t find it still. There were so many sketchy people there that we decided to go to a nearby coffee shop to track it again and keep looking. Only this time, it says the phone isn’t where we are but heading the opposite direction of us.

At this point I start panicking because I realize someone has it, but we figured they would just want some cash so we drive to the location to see if we could find who has it and buy it back from them. We get to the area and see 3 street thugs that were just eating at McDonald’s when we were there using the internet (explains why the GPS was saying my phone was there!). We asked them if they found a phone and after some scrambling they said they did and would sell it to me for $30. OKAY- is the street value of iphones seriously that low?? And we have to pay so much to replace them??

The screen was smashed because I probably DROVE over it after I dropped it. During the time it took us to drive there, these guys were walking by and found it, which is crazy because it’s a dark side street. I ended up having to replace the whole thing for $150 (+$30 on the street), BUT… it makes for a good story and I think I have some street cred now :) They were actually nice enough and it’s not like they stole it. They found it on the ground after the stupid owner dropped it and drove over it.

So in summation, I made a silly mistake, negotiated with thugs, and kinda bought them dinner. Or beer.

So, what did I learn from this experience?

Lesson 1: Take better care of my phone. You think you already take care of it? You don’t. Care more.

Lesson 2: Remember that this is 2012 and there are tracking abilities to find your phone. Look for a few minutes and then track it. Duh. If I would’ve had Brian do that first, I would’ve found it under the car before driving over it.

Just a little bit of real life…

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12 Responses to did I seriously do this?

  1. carly says:

    What do you use to track it? Like do you need to have an app installed on the phone itself?? This sounds super handy to have!!

    • lalafauxbois says:

      Yes! Install the Find My iphone app on your phone and another apple device. Then you can use the other phone/ipad/computer to find it.

  2. Amy says:

    haha don’t worry girl. I left my month-old iPad on top of my car and GOT ON THE FREEWAY. I didn’t realize it until hours later. Mitch found it on the onramp shattered to bits and the smart cover still in tact. I totally know the feeling. :( BOOOO!

  3. Amanda A says:

    Oh my god girl. I can’t believe those assholes made you BUY back your own damn phone. Assholes! I am so sorry!! What a pain in the ass. Although this is a great story. Almost as good as realizing you are on fire while thrifting? ;) Also, your box of owl goodness is almost ready to go. It’s on our kitchen table and I keep adding more items. I don’t want to tape it up because I keep thinking,what if I find something I want to add to it? I need to just stop though, because you are going to be like, OK Amanda is a HOARDER! hah! Also, would you wear a floral western snap shirt? SOmeone donated one to my shop, and it’s super cute, and I think you are the only one tiny enough to fit into it! If so, I will add it to the package! xoxo p.s. dyed my hair last night and someone told me it looks like strawberries today! Can’t wait to show you. Although it looks brown when I try to take iphone photos. Might need to see it in person unfortunately. Just another excuse for you to get your AZ ass out here.

    • lalafauxbois says:

      It totally reminded me of your being on fire while thrifting story when I was typing this!! :) It def. was lame of them to make me pay but I was expecting it to be more so I tried to look at the bright side. And at the apple store they said if I wouldn’t have had the phone I would have had to totally replace it for $600! You are SO awesome to send me a goody box- I seriously can’t wait! I would totally wear a floral western shirt but I don’t want you to miss out on selling it… I can’t wait to see your hair!!

  4. Suzanne says:


    I cannot believe they charged you $30 for your smashed up phone! Hello, “Finder’s Fee”. Ugghhhhh that’s just salt in the wounds.

    I think I’m gonna go give my (non-iphone) phone a hug. haha

    • lalafauxbois says:

      I know- lame, but if I wouldn’t have gotten the phone back the apple store said it would’ve been $600 to replace. Yes, give it a hug from me too :)

  5. chantilly says:

    oh nooooo, i am so sorry this happened to you :( how annoying. poor phone!

  6. Marisa says:

    Oh no no no….I can’t even imagine how I would have reacted having to buy the darn thing back after all that. Did you want to just kill those guys?! Such shiesty people.

    Glad you got it back though. That is just a total bummer of thing to have to go through and I probably wouldn’t have handled it half as well.

    That is definitely a story for the books:)

  7. Suki says:

    This was such bad luck, girl! But I love your attitude to the whole thing, I’d have been a mess! And yes, this is totally what I’d do too. So yes, I will now take better care of my phone, (vicarious) lesson learned, thanks!

  8. Miki says:

    Oh, no, Lisa! :( I’m so sorry to hear that happened to you! And I can imagine how puzzled you were until you were finally able to find it!

    You’re right, we should really take care of our phones and everything we own, actually.

    Have a great long weekend! ;D

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