I had my mobile phone snatched from me in the street earlier this week, by a man riding a moped.
It was shortly after 11pm and I was standing by Old Street roundabout in London, using my mobile phone to request an Uber to take me home.
As the biker drove up to where I was standing, the only thing that went through my mind was: “this guy is getting pretty close; I think he must want to ask me a question”.
Not a bit of it. Quick as you like, he reached out and snatched my mobile phone from my left hand. The thief was wearing gloves which had a rubber grip, so when he grabbed my mobile, I had little or no chance of holding on to it.
My immediate reaction was that of shock and disbelief. “Hey !” and then to try and catch him – I could see that the traffic lights a couple of hundred yard ahead were on red – so I chased after him, until he jumped the lights and sped away.
A few minutes later, I used my iPad to try and remotely erase my mobile, but it was already offline (it’s only possible to remotely erase a device when it’s connected to the internet). My main concern was in respect of the information stored on my mobile, rather than losing the device itself.
I was quite upset about all this.
A little while later, having reported the incident to the Police, blocked the use of the phone and changed all my passwords, I was better able to rationalise what had happened and be a bit more pragmatic. Thank goodness I wasn’t hurt – I wasn’t robbed or physically injured. Seemingly, this guy just wanted to pinch my phone – hopefully, to erase and then sell the device on, rather than something more nefarious.
However, I still can’t help but feel violated.
Why am I sharing this ?
Well, aside from the obvious cautionary tale and the ‘it could happen to you too’ warning – it struck me that the thief was probably not someone who would be on the bone marrow register. And he was probably not a blood or platelet donor, nor on the organ register either.
It might sound a bit odd for me to think that, but if you consider: if you have embraced the “giving to help others” philosophy & frame of mind – i.e. that you want to register to be a donor of stem cells or bone marrow, blood or platelets, or organs – then it stands to reason that you’re quite unlikely to want to cause harm to someone else or to intentionally upset someone in this way.
Of course, I know nothing about the circumstances of the person who stole from me, nor do I know anything about you, the person reading this blog – other than, you are of course reading this blog.
Which is why I feel able to state: unfortunately, not everyone is like you.
Thank you for supporting.
Together, saving lives
Husband to Vicki and father to Oscar (2007), Rufus (2008), Digby (2015), Humphrey (2017) & Margot (2012-2014)
Team Margot’s mission
To help save and improve lives by educating, inspiring and motivating people, especially from ethnically diverse communities, to register as blood, organ, stem cell and bone marrow donors and to provide a range of support to families caring for child cancer patients.
Team Margot also provides secretariat support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Ethnicity Transplantation and Transfusion.