Apparently, we have some elitist muggers roaming around Columbia University.
A pair of robbers are targeting students in Upper Manhattan, and they are taking the worst thing imaginable – their iPhones. I’m not using “iPhone” and a generic term for “smartphone” like saying “Kleenex” for “tissue.” I mean they are taking iPhones – and only iPhones.
If the students don’t happen to have the popular Apple device, these guys refuse to take anything else as a substitute. Android? No Thanks. Blackberry? Get real.
Twice at 526 114th St., and once at 556 114th St., the suspects demanded the victims hand over their iPhones, police said.
The first victim complied, but the second only had a Droid, according to police. The thieves apparently didn’t want a Droid — so they took cash instead.
One student was quoted as saying, “It’s insulting they don’t want my Blackberry.” Columbia Campus police suggest that it might be the high resale value of the iPhone that’s making these robbers so picky. I’d like to believe that they just can’t bear the thought of losing the silky smooth vocal stylings of Siri.
Whatever the case may be, Apple could definitely spin this into a new ad campaign. “The iPhone 4S: Because when you want an iPhone, nothing else will do. Just ask these robbers.”
Check out the video below for some surveillance footage of the incidents. Maybe that guy’s right. Maybe Columbia students just need to carry old Blackberries and offer them up the next time they are accosted by our iPhone-only thieves.