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Is It Okay To Hand Your Phone Or Camera To Strangers?

The other day PartySugar was waiting at the bus stop and had just slipped her BlackBerry into her purse when a woman came up to her and asked if she could borrow Party's phone. I believe her exact reaction was "ummm no!" Of course the woman just looked at her, like she was crazy for not handing it over to her in an instant. Loaning out gadgets like cell phones and cameras - even if just for a second or when asking someone else to capture a moment for you - has always troubled me. Perhaps we are just big city girls that have been trained not to trust anyone, but can you really trust a perfect stranger with your $600 camera or the cell phone that contains 200 numbers and every e-mail from the past six months?

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violethill90 violethill90 8 years
My camera is worth $3000 AUD so no :P
AutumnWind AutumnWind 10 years
I wouldn't hand it over, I just had my camera stolen at the airport. Watch your goods ladies!!
just_kelly just_kelly 10 years
I would turn over my camera to someone to take a picture of me.
ikitty13 ikitty13 10 years
All of you who are saying "i would never let a stranger use my phone"... that is so MEAN. Karma, people!!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
If it's an emergency, then you can call 911 for them. Either that, or they can call collect. No way I'm letting a stranger use my cell. I'd just tell them "nope."
macgirl macgirl 10 years
My hubby has a very expensive camera, I carry a sub $400 camera (that's still expensive by my standards) and we use that one if we are going to ask someone to snap a shot of us. We don't do it often and usually look for either an older couple or others that are taking pictures and offer to take shots of them on their camera in exchange. As far as my phone goes it cost over $600. While that is a lot of money I think my bigger issue is someones face and mouth close or on my phone. eeeeuuuuuwwwwwwwww gross!
pink_orchid pink_orchid 10 years
as for camera it always makes me feel weird but i agree it would be less traumatic to loose that than a phone. phone = every scrap of info i have on ppl like #s and appointments.
pink_orchid pink_orchid 10 years
This happened to me with a girlfriend. we were out on a patio in the summer and this guy came up and asked to use my phone (it was on the table) i felt werid about it but it was just sitting there. i let him use it and he was on it for 10 minutes trying to convince a friend to come meet him downtown to party. i was choked. he had said it was urgent and i was being a good citizen i thoguht. that was not urgent and then he refused to get off the phone when i asked for it back. after we were both stunned someone would ask to use a strangers phone for such a frivilous call and for so long. those are My minutes to harass a firend to come meet me. anyways.... made me not wanna be a good citizen again.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
Camera generally yes (although I'd be selective who I'd ask to take my picture), but I agree, definitely not my phone unless it was an absolute emergency.
juliet juliet 10 years
I trust people! Is that wrong?
1stharbinger 1stharbinger 10 years
Something similar to this happened to me recently. I was working in a cafe with my laptop and I put it away to work on something else. Then this guy came up to me and asked to use it for a sec to check an email that he'd been waiting for. I just don't get why people actually think that someone's actually going to say yes to something like that.
extremesock extremesock 10 years
I would be more willing to lend my phone to someone in need of getting a hold of someone, but I see no reason to let someone take hold of my camera.
FlyrFn4eva FlyrFn4eva 10 years
I've given my camera to strangers if my boyfriend and I wanted a pic together, or all of my girlfriends... But a phone? Absolutely not - who's to say they aren't calling some ridiculous 800 number or something? No, thank you, impolite or not.
sparklemeetspop sparklemeetspop 10 years
The only problem with asking someone to take a picture is that they are a bad photographer. I'd trust a person to hold it more than I'd leave it unattended on those little tripods. Plus, I could probably outrun them and beat them down if they tried! As for a phone, everyone has one these days, even the youngins. I'd rather give someone a couple quarters to use a payphone or tell them to try their luck with the next person five feet away.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
depends on who and why
PopCultureAddict PopCultureAddict 10 years
Probably not. A cell phone maybe if it was an emergency and if they didn't look like a drug dealer.
Fancy04 Fancy04 10 years
No, I wouldn't. Be nice to them, but they're strangers.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I would rather be safe than sorry. I consider myself a very trusting person but my parents taught me never to talk to strangers so why on earth would I loan my cell phone to a stranger???
xdorkieex xdorkieex 10 years
Depends where I was I think. If the place had a high crime rate or something then I wouldnt.
Katharine Katharine 10 years
I think it depends on the person/place/situation.
ZergGirl ZergGirl 10 years
My phone? No way. I would offer to make the call for them and relay messages and info back and forth, but just hand it over to some stranger 'cause they asked? Ain't gonna happen. I don't let people in my house to make phone calls either.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I say yes to camera and no to phone. I have handed a camera over to people before and was fine. It is a digital camera and they didn't walk away...of course i didn't pick a scrungy looking person either. My theory is if you pick someone with a fanny pack, chances are you are safe lol. Phone no way. who knows who they may call? then DHS is looking into your phone records... _________________________________________________________ Why don't you wear the face you have when I am not around?
Linux-Traveler Linux-Traveler 10 years
I trust people. I think there are more trustable people than untrustable.
NYShuls718 NYShuls718 10 years
I think it really depends on the person/situation. You can usually trust someone with small children or an elderly couple (that you have seen dragging their feet along the sidewalk). When traveling, I typically look for another sight-seeer, clicking away with their own camera. At a club or bar I wouldn't trust anyone outside of my clique. In that case you may want to ask someone who works there to take your picture.
lilxmissxmolly lilxmissxmolly 10 years
it depends - i have a cheapo phone so i probably would unless i had a bad feeling. i wouldnt hand out my camera though-thatd be kind of weird.
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