World's Most Ethical Laptop Thief Returns Computer Data

laptop_thiefRecently, a Swedish university professor described the man that stole his laptop as “compassionate,” not exactly a word most would associate with a thief. The thief robbed the professor of his laptop, which had about ten years of personal and work data. Seeing all of the work on the laptop the thief backed up all of the data and dropped it off at the professor’s home.

A professor at Sweden’s Umea University, who wishes to remain anonymous, says he left his bag unattended for a few minutes as he went to the laundry room. When he returned, his bag filled with credits cards, a laptop, a calendar, and various papers, had mysteriously disappeared.

Devastated about having all of his credit cards, a calendar full of meetings, and a laptop with ten years of memories and work stolen, he called the police to report the theft and cancel all of his credit cards.

“It is my life. I have documented everything in it that has happened in the last 10 years and beyond,” said the professor.

After he had called the police, he returned downstairs to find a sight that he simply couldn’t believe: his bag was back in the same place he left it.

“The backpack was there again. With all the papers, calendar and credit cards. It was just the computer that was missing,” he explained.

He was very happy to find everything back in place, but was still disappointed about losing all of his computer data forever.

“Unfortunately, I have been bad at backing up my computer… Often when people lose their computers and cameras, it is understandably not the gadget itself that is the most important. The content is often irreplaceable,” he said.

About a week after the theft, the professor had another surprise from the thief. After arriving at his home,the professor had found an envelope with a USB drive inside it that was stolen along with the laptop. And after examining what was on the USB drive the professor was shocked to discover the thief had copied all the documents and personal files from his laptop to the USB drive, a process which likely took hours.

“I am very happy… This story makes me feel hope for humanity,” said the professor.

The professor said that even though his laptop was stolen he is happy that  the thief took the time to return the data.

(Via The Local)

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