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She Tracked Her Stolen iPhone to a Starbucks. What the Barista Told Her Left Her Angry
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She Tracked Her Stolen iPhone to a Starbucks. What the Barista Told Her Left Her Angry

"I was mad. I was really mad."

When a man showed up on Jana Erwin's doorstep asking to call his mother, she couldn't have imagined it would result in her getting kicked out of her neighborhood Starbucks. 

According to KRTK-TV, the man showed up at Erwin's Houston home on Monday, asking to use her phone to call his mom. She pulled out her new iPhone and asked for the number, then when a man answered, she handed the phone over.

Alleged suspect walks up to Jana Erwin's home just before stealing her iPhone. (Image source: KRTK-TV) A man walked up to Jana Erwin's home and then stole her phone. (Image source: KRTK-TV)

But Erwin said when she handed the man her phone, he bolted down the street. She used the "Find my iPhone" app on her computer to track down exactly where he went, and when she saw he was at a nearby Starbucks, she went to confront him. When she arrived at the Starbucks, she saw the man resting beside a girl.

"I decided to grab my phone and when I did, the girl instantly said, 'He was selling me the phone. I don't know him. I don't know anything," Erwin told KRTK.

Erwin said she began screaming to the people in Starbucks, "Call the police, call the police!" — but that a barista asked her to leave.

"I'm sorry ma'am, you have to go. You have to go. You can't do this here,'" Erwin said the barista told her, allowing the man to get away again with her phone.

Erwin said she eventually managed to get her phone back, but she wasn't happy with how few people actually tried to help.

A representative for Starbucks told KRTK that an employee at the store did call the authorities and said employee and customer safety is the company's top concern.


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