A Swiss student who had his smartphone stolen has promised the young woman who ended up with it that she can keep it – if she agrees to a date.
Niklaus Knecht, 24, realised his phone had ended up in the hands of a pretty girl living in Morocco after she started using it as a camera, unaware the picture upload function was still switched on.
The telephone was stolen in April when he was on a train in Switzerland and dozed off – waking up to find someone had sliced open his jacket pocket and stolen it.
He bought a new phone and forgot about the old one until suddenly pictures of the young girl started turning up in his dropbox.
Some of the pictures are relatively mundane – a snap for example of her student study plan – while others show family members, possibly her grandfather and grandmother in traditional clothing.
But many more show the girl herself lying on the bed, showing off new clothes or posing by romantic backdrops such as a waterfall or in a park.
Mr Knecht said: “I am really keen to find out who she is and more about her. I’d like to meet her and am prepared to travel to Morocco to see her.
“I think it would be interesting to find out how she ended up getting the phone, although I’m sure she had nothing to do with the original theft.”
He has set up a Facebook site together with Australian friend Alex Moshovelis in the hope that the girl will get in touch and they have uploaded some of her snaps.
He added: “I can see that some 13,000 people in Morocco have looked at the Facebook page so I’m fairly confident that somebody will be able to identify her or one of the people from the hundreds of snaps she’s uploaded on the phone.
“It would be great to meet her and of course she’s welcome to keep the phone.” – weborange