After a few drinks late Friday night (possibly early Saturday), I caught a cab home.
After I’d paid the driver, I stepped out of the cab, only to realise that my iPhone had slipped out of my pocket. I whistled and shouted at the rapidly retreating cab, but the driver didn’t stop.
I went inside immediately and called my phone three times (i know it wasn’t on silent, and the ringer volume was quite high), and on the fourth attempt, it went straight to voicemail. I then called the cab company (spent five minutes in the call queue), who advised that they could send the driver a message if I agreed to pay an equivalent fare to have the driver come back. I reluctantly agreed, but no driver turned up.
The next morning (after calling my telco and putting a temporary block on the SIM and the handset), I called the cab company again, gave them all the details (again), and they said they’d send a message to the cab. I heard nothing all day, called back at approx 5pm, and was told that they’d send another message and I’d have to call the admin/lost property number on Monday.
So this morning, that’s what I did. The lost property person took all the details (again), and told me they would try to get in touch with the driver (again). I am not hopeful.
So, dear Rioters, aside from “cop it sweet”, what recourse do I have? Given that the driver wouldn’t have had time to pick up another fare before I rang my phone, I am fairly certain that the driver of Taxi 47 heard my phone ring, switched it off, pocketed it, and completely ignored the repeated messages sent out by his employers. No, I haven’t set up an iCloud account, so I don’t have device tracking on.
Will our boys in blue have anything to do with this?