- James de Villiers forgot his iPhone in the back of an Uber recently
- Luckily for him, the next passenger was Brazilian tourist Gustavo Souza who spent two days tracking down the owner of the phone
- Souza eventually tracked de Villiers down and returned his phone, fully charged nogal
James de Villiers recently forgot his iPhone in the back of an Uber and like most South Africans gave up hope of ever finding his phone again. Luckily for de Villiers, the next passenger in the Uber was Brazilian tourist Gustavo Souza.
Souza found the lost phone on the backseat of the Uber and spent the next two days tracking down de Villiers by using his social media contacts. He eventually contacted de Villiers and returned the phone with a fully charged battery.
De Villiers was understandably grateful for the act of kindness and said, unfortunately, most South Africans reacted cynically to the good deed. “Everyone’s reaction was‚ ‘He was not typically South African. If it was a South African‚ the phone would have been gone.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that this was the second time de Villiers forgot his phone in the back of an Uber, he said the first time the driver went out of his way to return the phone to him.
De Villiers forgot his phone in the Uber after returning home with friends after a night out in Cape Town’s vibrant Long Street. He only realised his phone was missing once he wanted to set an alarm.
His friend called the phone several times, but no one answered.
De Villiers was shocked an amazed when he received a message on Facebook which claimed someone had found his phone. The message is posted below.
De Villiers said he thought Souza got his contact details from the medical information which is stored on iPhone’s. He said until he lost his phone he did not realise how vital a part it played in his daily life.
“I could not do anything‚ because I pay pocket money into my account every week‚ so I did not have any money to spend‚” De Villiers said. “I have this bank card‚ but I cannot use this bank card‚ because there is no money in the account‚ because I cannot log into the internet banking.”
De Villiers wanted to buy his saviour a pack of biltong to show his appreciation, but settled for a slab of chocolate after he could not find biltong at the local shop.
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