What if My Phone Was Stolen?

What if My Phone Was Stolen?

Toronto calls in the superheroes to help with vaccinating young children against COVID-19. This is the Canadian story of how one mom made a small difference to the safety of others.

The other day I was sitting at my desk when my phone rang.

It was my mother.

“Mom, I have a message for you. Someone took my phone out of my pocket and my battery is not working!” I answered, “What? What kind of message?”

“It’s about the #coronavirus. You have to come check it out in Toronto!” she said, sounding all excited.

I was puzzled. It was my first time to Toronto. So I asked her to repeat the message but she continued, “I’ll be home as soon as I can.”

I was left with a weird sensation in my guts. It felt like I had just seen a ghost or a ghost-like entity with the phone. I couldn’t shake that feeling.

A couple of weeks back I was in the waiting area at the Toronto General Hospital, waiting to be tested for COVID-19. An employee of the hospital, in a blue uniform, approached me and said, “Sorry to hear that your battery is not working. How did you get your battery?”

I said, “What?”

He replied that someone had stolen my phone and left me a message.

I laughed and told him, “I’m sorry. That’s what happens when you don’t update your phone with the latest updates.”

He told me that if I found out who took my phone and the battery was not working, I could have it returned.

I said, “You mean you can give me a new one?”

He said, “Yes, if you want.”

I was surprised and relieved. I had already invested so much in my phone that if I lost it it was a total loss.

But still, it made me uneasy, and I had to think, “What if my phone was stolen?” I felt nervous about that possibility.

I asked the nurse what I should do now. She told me to tell whoever stole my phone to return

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