Cellphone theft has become so prevalent in large cities there has been discussion between the industry and law enforcement to implement a “kill switch” to curb incidents. But a New Yorker recently figured out the best anti-theft measure of them all — having an old phone.

According to the New York Post, Kevin Cook, a 25-year-old from Brooklyn, was walking through Central Park around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when an armed man demanded his goods, phone included.

When Cook handed over an old-school Windows’ flip phone, the mugger was stunned.

“Once he saw my phone, he looked at it like, ‘What the f*** is this?’ and gave it back to me,” Cook told the Post. “I guess he didn’t think he could get anything for it.”

Although a frightening situation considering the man threatened Cook and his friend’s lives at gunpoint, Cook said the rejection of his phone was “kind of humorous.”

The incident sounds somewhat similar to a T-Mobile commercial:

It is unclear what, if anything else, the perpetrator made off with, but the Post reported he took off before police could apprehend him.

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(H/T: Gizmodo)