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The Chinese government plans to create 10 million urban jobs this year but obviously there are still many people looking for work. One such jobseeker was a 19 year-old surnamed Jin who moved from his rural home to Anhui province’s capital, Hefei, to find a job.

He didn’t find one, according to Anhui Business News, but he did bump into an old friend from his hometown who suggested a duplicitous way of earning a living. The friend told Jin that he had often observed people sleeping in internet cafes, leaving their phones unguarded on the table tops while they snooze. Seemingly desperate, Jin decided to take advantage of these dozing gamers and nab a smartphone. Unfortunately for Jin, he hadn’t been keeping up with the news, because the phone he stole was a Samsung Galaxy Note 7. He pilfered the gadget a few days before Samsung extended its Note 7 recall to China, and Jin learned the hard way why when the stolen phone exploded. When the police tracked him down they found the phone’s charred remains in his house. Lamenting his bad luck Jin told police, “If I’d just arrived a few days later perhaps the owner would have already sent back his phone, and then I wouldn’t have stolen it.” Conversely the owner was grateful: he thanked the thief for sparing him from a portable inferno.


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