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Thief Pities Recent Graduate, Returns Stolen Bag to Her

Sympathetic thief returns diploma and mobile phone to recent university graduate.

Sympathetic thief returns diploma and mobile phone to recent university graduate.

A young recent university graduate alone in a strange city looking for work nearly had her future stolen away from her when a thief nabbed her purse with her diploma inside. Unexpectedly, the thief soon sent a text message saying he’ll give back her diploma, commenting “You college students looking for jobs have it rough too”. Apparently even thieves know the bitter troubles faced by China’s college graduates.

From Nanfang Daily:

“Kind-hearted Robber” voluntarily returns stolen goods, says doesn’t want to affect female university student’s future

On the morning of March 11th, a university student named Xiao Liu looking for works in Zhanjiang City [in Guangdong province] had her bag snatched by thieves on a passing motorbike. Inside was not only her mobile phone and wallet, but also her own university diploma as well as those of her schoolmate.

Xiao Liu and her friend immediately called her own cell phone that was in the bag but when no one picked up, they could only call the police for help. At that moment, she received an SMS message from her own mobile phone: “Where should I put the diploma for you to pick up? I don’t want want to affect your future. Don’t call the police, I’ll send you a message after I’ve placed it. Please forgive a person without a home.”

Communicating through text messages, the robber placed the bag at the intersection in front of No. 18 Middle School, and Xiao Liu then smoothly recovered the diplomas in her bag. Soon after, the robber sent another text message, “You college students looking for work also have it hard, take your mobile phone too!”

Consequently, Xiao Liu smoothly recovered her mobile phone. She’s very happy to have encountered a “kind-hearted robber”, and expressed her hopes that the “person without a home” can “turn away from crime and find an honest and stable job.”

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From NetEase:

Robber voluntarily gives back university student’s property: You guys looking for work also have it hard

Yesterday, when female university student Xiao Liu who is job hunting in Zhanjiang City recalled her experience being robbed in the city, she rejoiced that the robber returned her diploma.

On the morning of [March 11th], accompanied by a friend, Xiao Liu prepared to attend a job interview. When they got off the bus in front of the Nanpu Tiandi Legal Consultation Company entrance on Renmin Avenue in Zhanjiang city, a person riding a motorcycle snatched away her handbag. After realizing what happened, she set off in pursuit, but could only helplessly watch the robber’s license plate-less motorcycle disappear in the rain.

Tears brimmed in the frightened Xiao Liu’s eyes. After graduating from university, she had gone to Zhanjiang alone to look for work. In her bag was not only her mobile phone and wallet, but more importantly also her and several other schoolmates’ diplomas.

Xiao Liu borrowed her friend’s mobile phone and called her own mobile phone over and over again, but no one answered. In despair, she unexpectedly received a text message sent from her own mobile phone, “Where should I put the diploma for you to pick up? I don’t want want to affect your future.” She immediately replied: “Thank you! I’m a student out looking for work, the diploma really is very important to me.” Very quickly she received the other side’s response: “Don’t call the police, I’ll send you a message after I’ve placed it. Please forgive a person without a home.”

Communicating through text messages, the robber agreed to place the bag in a garbage bin in front of Zhanjiang No. 18 Middle School, so Xiao Liu can go recover her and her schoolmates’ diplomas. Half believing and half in doubt, Xiao Liu went to the address provided in the text message and found her bag behind an electric transformer box near the No. 18 Middle School. The robber had taken her mobile phone and the cash in her wallet and returned everything else to Xiao Liu.

After Xiao Liu retrieved her bag, the robber unexpectedly called again, asking her, “Do you still want your mobile phone?” Seeing that the diplomas in her bag were intact and feeling that she had gotten extremely lucky in an unlucky situation, the astonished generously told the robber, “Forget about the mobile phone, you can have it.”

After Xiao Liu hung up the phone, the persistent robber once again called her asking for her location, and said, “You university students looking for work also have it hard, you can have your mobile phone back too!” Not long after Xiao Liu and her friend told the robber their exact location, a “Hey!” rang out from behind them, a person riding a motorcycle dropped her mobile phone on the ground, and without waiting for them to react, that person quickly opened the throttle and rode away.

Near where Xiao Liu was robbed, a Manager Wang of a company there revealed that the local police had previously arrested a group of “motorcycle bandits” in that area, and was surprised that the motorcycle bandits have made a comeback.

Xiao Liu hopes that “person without a home” can give up crime, find a steady job, and live a normal life.

Comments from NetEase:

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1个好朋友 [网易江苏省淮安市网友]:

Even robbers have a code of conduct, but its still better to not be in this profession [of robbery], because we don’t have a real Robin Hood.

电动大幅度 [网易重庆市网友]:

I bet that robber is also someone who has no choice. Sigh, the people’s lives are so difficult.

silverazor [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

Too kind, no wonder only he can only be homeless, and can’t enter the civil service.

小货郎0 [网易广东省深圳市罗湖区网友]:

A person’s good and evil can change in a moment, a Buddha in one moment, a devil in another. Is the problem with man? With the environment? That’s unable to be determined.

lpcjty [网易山东省泰安市网友]:

Why did my nose stuff up and and eyes tear up reading this? Actually thanking a thief?

A型血 [网易北京市朝阳区网友]:

“Justice and loyalty from the lowest parts of society, whereas those of learning and stature are the most deceptive and treacherous…”

龙DRGON [网易河北省石家庄市网友]:

Not totally heartless.

1个好朋友 [网易江苏省淮安市网友]:

Even robbers have a code of conduct, but its still better to not be in this profession [of robbery], because we don’t have a real Robin Hood.

完蛋完锅 [网易福建省福州市网友]:

Man’s innate nature is good, or is man’s innate nature evil?

斑驳2012 [网易北京市网友]:

So touching.

What do you think? Have you ever had a similar experience? Encountered a kind-hearted thief?

Written by Joel

Joel is a reclusive writer based in Shanghai who took up blogging as a hobby one summer and never looked back. Former editor of Shanghaiist.

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