Ng: Cellphone mishaps

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Thursday, January 16, 2014


ALMOST regularly, we read about things that happen because of man’s relationship with his cellphone. We have seen road accidents or train wrecks because the person was texting. We have witnessed people who fell into holes because they were engrossed with their cellphones. And not a few people have perished when their cellphones were snatched. A few people have been run over by trains in their attempt to recover their phones.

This recent happening was reported from Chicago. It was cold, and the river was icy.

A 26-year-old man was walking by the riverbank when his cellphone fell down the river and he tried to save it. Two people jumped after him to rescue him. The result – the man died, the woman could not be located, and the other was in critical condition. It is always important to think twice before doing anything and apparently people are less rational when it comes to losing their cellphones.

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Of course, you should be aware that cellphones are the most popular things to steal, especially an iPhone, which is a top preference. In New York alone last year, over 8,000 thefts of cellphones were reported. This is especially easy as the victim most likely would be too engrossed in looking at their cellphones and not be paying attention. Most of the time, the face of the thief is also not well remembered or identified.

You should also be careful when posting on social media. A man was recently visited by policemen after he posted a video of his garden which he called the Hope Garden, which showed that he was growing some marijuana (this was in the United States). He said he had cancer and for those who need the pot, he could provide it for medicinal purposes.

Apparently, while the pot was legal in Connecticut, he had no license to grow it, and it did not help that he also has a record of being arrested a few years ago for illegal possession of narcotics. So he was visited by legal authorities and has been booked.

On the other hand, you should also be aware that not all you see in social media is true. More and more, I see pictures or videos posted of large snakes eating people or giant squids the size of ships or even people with snake features. I saw some that claimed pictures of aliens, spaceships and even the elusive Bigfoot or the world’s largest reptile. I think many of them are not real photos, but are mostly edited or “Photoshopped.” It is always amusing to see how many people actually believed it.

So before embarrassing ourselves that we may have been fooled, it is good to be prudent and withhold our belief first.

(www.twitter.com/wilsonng)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 17, 2014.

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