The Man with the Hello Kitty Bag

A little over a week ago, a few lady friends and I went to dinner. It was our usual restaurant for group things. We sat down at a small table near the door with a table directly in front of us and a table directly behind us. The place was packed, as always – it is a really great Sichuan place. We all had our bags strategically placed on our chairs where no one could get to them, we thought.

A, one of the lady friends, zipped her phone in her purse to protect it from being snatched. We went through dinner as per usual. Chatting, laughing, telling stories, eating, paying… We walked out and A started looking for her phone. She realized it wasn’t in her purse where she had originally put it. We went back inside and asked anyone and everyone we could if they knew where it was. Everyone just looked at us like we were crazy. Granted 4 white women frantically looking for a phone probably didn’t help much.

We went outside and began trying to figure out what to do. Luckily A’s dad lives in the city. So we dropped a pin of our current location and asked him to turn on the Find My Phone detector. We were going to stay put and we were going to find her phone (knowing that if it had been taken, she was never getting it back).

As we stood there trying to figure out what to do, a local man walked up to us and asked if we were looking for an iPhone. He lifts his right arm and brings his (yes, it was his) Hello Kitty bag into view. He unzipped it, reached inside, and handed A the phone. She told him thank you and he told her not to say thank you. Then he walked off as quickly as he had walked up, swinging his Hello Kitty bag back and forth.

We have no idea if he stole it or if it had fallen out of her purse rather than in the pocket she thought she placed it in.

Thank you, Hello Kitty man, or not thank you – we still aren’t sure.


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