A man recently had his laptop stolen in Sweden, only to have a zip-drive mailed to his residence a week later that contained all his files and personal data from the machine. Sounds like some serious Robin Hood shit if you ask me. You know, honor amongst thieves. No? That's not what that refers to? Oh. Well I learned it from a Wu-Tang song anyway.
As the victim, a professor at Sweden's UmeÃ¥ University, told the VÃ¤sterbottens-Kuriren newspaper "this story makes me feel hope for humanity." Of course, you could argue that had the thief had a touch more humanity in his bones he wouldn't have stolen the laptop in the first place, but at least he left the professor's credit cards and money in the bag the laptop was stolen from. The only other thing that was stolen, bizarrely, was his library card.
It took a week for the professor to receive the USB stick in the post, containing all of the laptop's data, and presumably by then he'd replaced it with a new machine so he could reinstall everything.
ROFL @ "this story makes me feel hope for humanity". Now I want to steal dude's car and see if he sends me a reward for returning everything in the glove box and console. "I swear, the thieves these days. Did I tell you they broke into my house? Yeah, but they smashed a window instead of a door because they know they're cheaper to replace! Great guys."
Thanks to Alan, who once had a laptop stolen, but back-traced the thief, informed the cyber-police, and the rest, my friends, are consequences that will never be the same.