Japanese woman finds out fiance she met when he 'found' her lost phone actually stole it

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

It’s often said that you’ll find love when you’re not looking for it, and that seems to have been the case for the friend of Japanese Twitter user @ah44444h. Recently she was contacted by a friend who told her she was getting married.

This was @ah44444h’s first time to hear about her friend’s husband-to-be. Since her friend had brought up the topic of her love life, though, @ah44444h didn’t think it’d be prying if she asked how she met her fiance, to which her friend replied: “I dropped my phone while I was out, and he found it. After he returned it to me, we ended up going out, and that’s how our relationship started.”

That’s pretty sweet, isn’t it? Almost makes it feel like the two were destined to become lovers, like the stars of a lovey-dovey TV drama or anime. However, @ah44444h’s friend’s story wasn’t done yet, and a sudden plot twist makes it sound like something from a darker genre than pure romance.

“After we’d been dating for a while, though, I found out that I hadn’t dropped my phone. He’d actually stolen it from me, after he saw me and fell in love at first sight.”

Setting aside the debate as to whether or not love at first sight is possible or not, the fact remains that the guy stole the phone of a woman he’d never even spoken to, just so he’d have a reason to talk to her. And yet, there are still a few more surprises left in the tale of how @ah44444h and her boyfriend got engaged.

“When I found out he stole my phone, I was actually deeply moved that he’d felt such love for me as to do that.”

And finally, @ah44444h’s friend wrapped things up with: “Oh, and also I got pregnant hehe LOL.”

Like a good friend, @ah44444h’s listened patiently until the end of the story, then, when her friend was done, told her: “THERE IS NOTHING TO BE LAUGHING ABOUT!”

The highly unorthodox courtship rubbed a number of Twitter users the wrong way as well, as they left comments such as:


“Most people would be seriously done with the relationship if they found that out.”

“So scary how he stole her phone.”

“So that makes him a thief right?”

“I can’t imagine marrying someone who’d take someone else’s property like that.”

Then there was the commenter who said he’d foolishly tried doing something similar, but in reverse:

“I put my phone into a girl’s bag one time. Obviously I never got it, or my feelings, returned.”

But on the other side of the discussion were those who shrugged their shoulders and figured if @ah44444h’s friend honestly felt like the guy stealing her phone was a genuine romantic gesture (and judging from the cheerful tone in which she relayed the story, it seems like she does), then whether or not to marry him should be entirely her decision, with more than one commenter saying “He stole her phone…and also her heart” or “Everyone has their own values and definition of what love is.”

Finally, the third class of commenters could understand the logic of both sides of the debate, and thus had trouble sorting out their personal stance, such one who simply said “I’m not really sure how I feel about this, and that’s troubling me.”

Perhaps the most level-headed comment of all came from one commenter who said “There must have been other ways for him to start a conversation with her.” While it’s sometimes tempting to adopt the philosophy of “All’s well that ends well,” snatching the personal belongings of an attractive stranger technically qualifies as theft, and with smartphones now generally being more expensive than all the cash most people keep in their wallets, there probably aren’t too many people who’d see it as the laughing matter @ah44444h’s friend does.

Source: Twitter/@ah44444h via Hachima Kiko

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A relationship built on lies may very well end in lies.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

Check out "You" on Netflix. A pretty good new drama that deals with this. Scary stuff.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

The guy was creative, BUT he should have trashed the phone idea & gone with something else!!!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

He needed an excuse to see her again

3 ( +3 / -0 )

I have heard of guys intentionally causing fender benders just to get to know the women in the other car. This is not so far off from that. Pretty extreme, and since taking a phone is a lot more personal than denting a car, a bit creepy.

Yet, he obviously told her the truth at some point, and there is a romantic aspect to it, assuming there is nothing else stalkerish about the guy. Without knowing more, I would say the jury is still out on this one. He might be great guy who was so smitten he acted on impulse. Or he might be a total creep. But I suspect he's just innovative.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Oh no. That’s pathetic. How hard is it to be a man, approach the woman and introduce yourself & ask for name & #?? Stealing her phone just as a ruse for contact is lower than low.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Give them the benefit of the doubt and let them be happy if they are.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

This is one human's art of love for another but these days people don't feel or understand. The world is full of too much negativity society of late.

Until the 90s, this would be called one of many creativity romance, and would make a little fun film.

In the library, a man drop's a book just next to a woman's feet, only to find the size of woman's shoe so that he could buy for her making a move. This was romantic until the 90s but now it's pathetic for people.

Now in this story, fortunately girl fell in love with a man which is good for them to be in love like full of surprise, Not like same boring relationship these days.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

“Oh, and also I got pregnant hehe LOL.”

Now it makes sense. I predict this "romance" will not last for eternity.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Life in the modern world tells us that as long as they're willing to suspend their disbelief, things will go fine. Like any other marriage.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What is romantic or creepy is largely a question of culture and personal opinion. In Kyrgyzstan it's considered romantic for a potential suitor to assemble a posse, go to the house of the woman he's interested in, roll her up in a carpet, and take her away to be married against her will. Presumably the effort involved is a sign of commitment.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Hey, it worked for Chris Pratt in 'Passengers' on Netflix.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I hope they have a happy marriage. The publicity will make it a bit harder with do many judging. By sharing all on Twitter she betrayed her friend's trust.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

gogogo:  let them be happy if they are.

I'm all for that.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

why can't he just ask for her number in the first place instead of stealing her phone? this is as scary as stalking

0 ( +0 / -0 )

While the act is considered as bad, the intention is not, but the fact he dont mind to do bad things in order to get what he want make you think what will he do in the future when he want something so badly again.

Breaking the ice is so hard indeed.

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