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Man Who Jumps On Subway Tracks to Get iPhone Speaks

When one iPhone fan realized that his iPhone had fallen down onto subway tracks in New York City, he did the unthinkable, and jumped down onto the tracks to get it. The man, who was on vacation at the time, risked getting crushed by an oncoming train and electrocuted from the third rail, just to save his iPhone. He also had to figure out how to climb back up the side of the Subway ledge, which can be challenging in itself. I love my iPhone, but I certainly wouldn't risk my life for it! LAPTOP magazine recently interviewed the risk-taker to get the low-down on all the who, whats and whys of this incident. Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

  • On what he was thinking when he made the dangerous jump: "Well, there was my phone. I wanted my phone. I needed my phone, so... I got it."
  • On whether or not a train had passed over it and if there were any damages: "I'm sure trains had passed over. There didn't seem to be any damage, but my phone already has severe scratches all over it."
  • On why he risked his life for his iPhone: "Well, first of all it's an expensive piece of hardware. Too expensive for me, but Steve (Jobs) owns my soul. Content was a major issue too... mainly contacts, but also photos."
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TheBunny TheBunny 9 years
I still think my boyfriend is going to leave me for his iPhone... the one that I bought him... silly me...
Madamesoybean Madamesoybean 9 years
isobelstevens isobelstevens 9 years
Wow... what a nut!
pixelsugar pixelsugar 9 years
I love my iPhone, but I don't think I would risk my life to save it. I would, however, do anything in my power to convince the powers that be to stop the train and get it for me. My iPhone is a HUGE part of my life!
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
*Soon enough what
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
... I find it truly unbelievable that some of the comments are siding with this man or they're along the lines of "not my iPhone, but, (insert precious material item here)". Seriously? WTF? It's a material item--it's not worth risking your life over. Now, when your baby or family member or best friend falls into the NYC subway tracks and you jump in to save said person, then it's a different story. This is why I say Americans are so funny--as well as everything that is influenced by American culture--people included. American society places values on the wrong things. Oh well. So enough what befelled Alexander's great empire will befall us.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i might have the thought to do the same - but i really doubt that i would have done that. i would have cried about losing pictures or numbers - but i'm not about to risk my life for a phone
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
I totally understand why he did it! I lost some precious holiday photos on my MP3 after dropping it and I really didn't wanna live! I know it sounds extreme but that's how I felt.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
That's taking it too far. If the train wasn't coming, it would still be pretty gross to go on the tracks and get it, but it would be more acceptable. The iPhones are pretty darn expensive though. I wish they would lower the prices...
macgirl macgirl 9 years
Maybe if it was my MacBook Pro, but not my iPhone.
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 9 years
Ugh! I have picture I would almost die if I lost, but you know, my kids need a mom
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
What an idiot...
trishcmc trishcmc 9 years
"...but Steve (Jobs) owns my soul." Hahaha love it! XD
sugardoll83 sugardoll83 9 years
bunnystack bunnystack 9 years
Americans are so funny. ^__^
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Tu eres loco!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I have insurance. Second - HOW DID THOSE THINGS GET ON THE IPHONE TO BEGIN WITH? My iCal has all of my data for my calendars, my iPhoto has all of my photos, my address book all of my contacts. WHY did this necessitate being a tool and jumping onto some tracks? My life is worth more than £269! I wouldn't jump for my iPhone.
mrsk02 mrsk02 9 years
Can we say stupid?I would not risk my life for my iPhone.
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Seriously stupid. If you're alive you can make more money and buy another phone, regain the contacts, take more photos. If you get crushed by a train you can do none of these things.
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
i dropped a spoon in the street once and ran back in front of a moving, fairly slow, but still a moving car to get it. i'd probably do that because i don't think about things, i just do.
IlovemyGeek IlovemyGeek 9 years
Yikes, I wouldn't have jumped just for my iPhone
wren1 wren1 9 years
I do not like the sound of this. I can see wanting to jump, but come on. We have become too attached to our phones (including me!)
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Dude I would be tempted to do the same!
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