Here’s the deal, when we lose our phones we’re generally pretty bummed about it and for the most part, we resign ourselves to the fact that we’ll probably never see it again. After all in a city or country with millions of people, what are the chances of us being able to find it again, right? As it turns out that sometimes fate deals the most unexpected cards which led to Buzzfeed’s Matt Stopera becoming famous in China and embarking on what seems like an incredible journey.
So this is what happened – Stopera had recently lost his iPhone at a bar and after resigning himself to the fact that he would never see it again, he started noticing photos appearing on his new iPhone in which he started to blog about it. The photos were of a man in China who was taking selfies of himself and of his life, which Stopera decided to chronicle out of fun. His posts became viral and soon the internet decided to try and help him find the mystery man in the photos.
It turns out that the man in the photos was from Guangdong, China and that Stopera’s stolen phone had made its way from across multiple countries and markets before being arriving in that particular region of China. After several exchanges and thanks to the help of the man’s nephew, both the man (who calls himself Brother Orange) and Stopera got in touch with each other and arranged for Stopera to visit the country.
It turns out that Stopera’s story was extremely popular in China which made him something of a celebrity. He was treated like a rockstar with droves of press and photographers trying to snap a photo of him and trying to get an interview with him. They were followed everywhere and had a ton of photos taken, forging a friendship that would probably last a lifetime. It’s a pretty awesome story and one that we would never have thought would happen, but if you’d like to learn more, head on over to Buzzfeed’s website for the entire story.