They say that beggars can’t be choosers, but the saying doesn’t apply to muggers. A gun-toting mugger in Central Park, New York, accosted 25 year old Kevin Cook, of Brooklyn, when he was walking with his friend near the West Drive in the 60s at around 12:30 a.m. Threatening to kill Cook, the mugger and his accomplice wanted his phone, which he handed over. The mugger was disappointed because his victim was carrying an old flip phone, “Once he saw my phone, he looked at it like, ‘What the [f-] is this?’ and gave it back to me,” Cook told the New York Post.
The mugger probably handed it back because he thought the old flip phone wouldn’t fetch enough money to go through the trouble of fencing it. Cook believes that this incident is “kind of humorous.” You can definitely look at it this way, given how easy it is to find someone with an expensive smartphone these days, even muggers’ standards have gone up. That aside, this is the 13th reported robbery to take place in Central Park this year, exactly the same as last year. Both the mugger and his accomplice were able to flee before the police could catch up with them.