A vaguely recent New Haven Independent story takes all the familiar motifs of a standard weekend at Yale — a lost phone at Toad’s, selfies, use of the popular file storage application Dropbox — and makes them SO WEIRD.
In “Smile! You’re Busted,” Paul Bass recounts the truly bizarre experience of Julie Stoner, whose phone goes missing when she leaves it for a minute to go change her baby daughter’s diaper during a church Christmas party at Toad’s Place (?). After some traditional methods (e.g. AT&T tracking service, frantically calling and texting) fail to locate the device, Stoner resigns herself to a phoneless year before her contract expires and it’s economically sensible for her to acquire a new cell. But because her phone pics sync to Dropbox, Stoner’s web-platform Dropbox starts filling up with the selfies taken by the phone thieves (interspersed with the Independent article; truly absurd). This made all the difference, and as of, like, a month ago, the police were hot on the trail.
The Bullblog hasn’t yet been able to get in contact with the NHPD officers on the case. But we’ll keep trying—stick with us for all the news you can use on this story.