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SORRY, I WON’T LET YOU USE MY PHONE

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New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport

I was at the airport the other day and a simple enough man walked up to me and asked if he could make a call from my mobile. There was a time I would have happily given it to him but now I am a lot more careful….writes Bikram Vohra

New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport
New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport

Every time you read a thriller or a newspaper report about some act of violence they mention the use of mobile phones that are throwaways or disposables and cannot be traced. I have never bought one and if I did I would be loath to throw it away (it would probably get stolen or I’d drop it while getting out of the car). I don’t know what they are but obviously they are one heck of an advantage for people who are up to no good and I haven’t figured out why the whole world does not ban them. 

Why should you be able to go into a store and be able to buy these cheap one -offs and use them to cause damage. Ban them totally. Make them history.

Which brings me to my point. I have made it a point of telling everyone I know to always report a missing phone. If it is lost or stolen report it. You don’t know who is going to use it and for what. Even if it is a cheap phone it can be traced to you.

I was at the airport the other day and a simple enough man walked up to me and asked if he could make a call from my mobile. There was a time I would have happily given it to him but now I am a lot more careful. 

It does not matter which country, what airport or station, no stranger is going to use my phone. He could be wearing a Brookes Brother suit for all I care, no sir, you cannot call from here. With this simple guy I told him I’d take him to a public call booth and pay for his call which I did but he is not hitting my buttons.

I believe the easiest item to steal is a mobile phone. Most of us are neglectful and all too often we do not realise it’s gone for several hours. Then we believe it could be in the car, at home, on the desk, in the other coat pocket. We leave it on tables, at large parties smug in the belief that no one here will pick it up.

Wake up. All of us have a role in upping the peace potential and our phones are a weapon to those who wish to hurt the fabric of any society. Be careful, keep your phone to yourself and do the public a favour.

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