Macbook Pro Stolen

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  1. typecase macrumors regular

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    My brand new 3 month old 15 inch Macbook was stolen on the airport in South Africa! :mad: One minute it's at our feet the next minute the bag is gone. The worst part is I had to board the plane back home immediately thereafter. My friend reported it and I reported it but as expected nothing much came of it. $2600 down the drain. Is there anything I can do? I realize there's probably not much. Perhaps I just needed to vent. This hurts though, I'll tell you that, especially if you've been saving up for something like this for so long. :(
     
  2. kretzy macrumors 604

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    That really sucks! :(

    Is there any possibility of travel insurance or even your own contents insurance covering it?
     
  3. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    I know it's not gonna do much to help the current situation, but in the future, always keep your laptop on your actual person. If I take my laptop with me in the bag, it's always hung over my shoulder (my dad now reckons it's growing out of my hip it's there so often) and I always hold it if it's in the sleeve...

    Really sorry dude :(
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    If you were flying somewhere do you have travel insurance? If so claim on that.
     
  5. generik macrumors 601

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    Ouch that genuinely hurts. I hope you have traveller's insurance!
     
  6. typecase thread starter macrumors regular

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    We're working on the insurance situation now, trying to see if it was covered. If there's one thing I learned, it's that you shouldn't really put a computer in a laptop bag. It draws too much attention. Whenever I traveled in the past, I had a cool laptop backpack that looked, well, like a backpack, and I never had a problem. This time that backpack was unavailable.

    Yeah, I realize it should have always been on my shoulder at all times but we were talking to friends, we were all a bit tired from all the traveling and I didn't realize how quickly something like this could happen. Hindsight's 20/20 I guess.

    Initially, I thought all my vacation pictures were lost as well since I transferred them as my camera's memory card filled up, but luckily my friend had transferred those pics to his iBook as well. He sent me a DVD and happily all but a few pictures are in place.


    Does anyone know if Apple flags the serial or something? I wonder what will happen to it now. Will it end up on ebay?
     
  7. HardLine macrumors member

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    some family in south africa is going to be eatting like kings for 6 months now
     
  8. cleanup macrumors 68030

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    Dude... South Africa isn't as poor as you think. :rolleyes:
     
  9. codo macrumors 6502

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    Dear me - Do some Googling.
     
  10. seany916 macrumors 6502

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    Sorry bro...

    I loop the strap around my ankle if my bag is on the floor. Lame and pathetic, but I haven't lost one yet.

    Sorry my friend.
    :(
     
  11. HardLine macrumors member

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    source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demographics_of_South_Africa#Black_African_demographics

    google tells me that: 12,073 South African rands = 1,724.46793 U.S. dollars

    google tells me that: 65,405 South African rands = 9,342.23682 U.S. dollars

    So depending on the bloke who nicked it, and assuming you said it cost you 2600 dollars, then a black south african would be getting 1.5 years of salary. A white south african would be getting 4 months of salary.

    If you average up 1.5 years, and 4 months, you get 11 months worth of salary.

    So please tell me, what's wrong with my sarcastic statement, that I just suprisingly proved true with nothing but google, calculator, and 3rd grade math.
     
  12. typecase thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think perhaps you're confusing me with another poster.
     
  13. brikeh macrumors 6502a

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    That sux, hope you get your insurance $ for it. :(
     
  14. HardLine macrumors member

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    Your words, not mine.
     
  15. Collin973 macrumors 6502

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    Might be worth a shot checking ebay out for it. I've heard that a lot of stolen stuff gets placed on ebay for a quick sale and poof its gone. Just a thought.

    I know I'd be flipping my lid if someone took my laptop.

    I do hope you can at least get your money for it!
     
  16. 61132 Guest

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    sorry to hear about it, that sucks.

    I have undercover installed on my macbook pro, $30 is is not too much at all if it recovers your laptop, even if it doesnt, its worth the time you have hope in recovering it, :)
     
  17. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    :mad: It really irritates me. Did it get stolen in Cape Town international or Johannesburg international? It is a big problem in these two airports.:mad: There was a big court case against the SA airports company. They had recordings of laptops getting stolen and they haven't done a single thing about it. There are so many stupid @&*^% living in South Africa. There are HUGE problems with crime here at the moment. 90% of the population thinks that if if you rape a virgin, your AIDS will be cured:mad: :rolleyes: A$$holes.

    I bet the police weren't very helpful either. They are also a bunch of A$$holes. Most of them can't even speak english properly:rolleyes:
     
  18. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    lol. In South Africa? The people who took the MBP are stupid low class idiots. They just steal laptops in airports and then sell in for 1/20 of the price it's worth. People get stabbed and killed in South Africa for a cell phone:mad:
     
  19. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    I know those are all average salaries, but if you are in the more upper class areas of SA, the average salaries are wayyyyyyyyyyy higher:)
     
  20. HardLine macrumors member

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  21. JBot macrumors 6502

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    You mean it doesnt?
     
  22. HardLine macrumors member

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    hahahahahahahahahaha
     
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  24. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    Good lesson. I put my MBP 17" and TiBook in a regular wal-mart backpack. You would never guess there are 2 laptops in there :)
     
  25. brbubba macrumors 6502

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    I do too, but something tells me that in South Africa it wouldn't make much of a difference. But you would have some nice pictures of the schmuck who stole your laptop.
     

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