Originally Posted by charlituna
Not drunk and not stupid.
the bar was 30 minutes from both Cupertino and at least one Apple store. And yet this noble finder didn't drive to either and just hand it over.
If they were at a Bar, we can probably safely assume that the Apple store was closed. And if we take the story at its face, the finder didn't discover that it was a prototype iPhone until well after he got home from the bar. There's no reason to turn a normal 3g/3gs iPhone in to the Apple store or Apple Corporate Headquarters.
He made a lame attempt, allegedly (where's the ticket number, who exactly did he talk to) and then sold it.
If you are insinuating that he's lying about calling Apple, then we can't really argue there since neither of us have enough information. Is the ticket number relevant to a news story? No. Is it relevant to a law suit? Yes.
Not to mention that he didn't simply hand it over the bartender etc
He waited around at the bar to come back. He knew what the guy looked like so he would have known who to return it to. That makes it more likely that he would have been able to return it to the guy than the bartender.
if anything he saw that he could have a free iphone. He admits that he tried to plug it into itunes after it was wiped. so he was meaning to keep it. It was only when his itunes wasn't able to restore it because he needed updated software that he figured out what he might have and then,again instead of taking to Apple directly, he sold it to Gizmodo who were up front about being willing to pay for information.
Plugging it into iTunes was also the next logical step to figuring out who the real owner was. It doesn't necessarily mean that he intended to keep it.
According to the facts cited in the article, the "finder" attempted to contact Apple and go higher up in the phone chain to find someone to return the phone to. It was only after the phone got into Gizmodo's hands and the article was published, that the right person, the General Counsel, made the appropriate demand in the form of a written letter.