MacBook Air thief records webcam video, gets embarrassed on YouTube

Thu, Mar 24, 2011


18-year old entrepreneur Mark Bao recently had his top of the line MacBook Air stolen from a lounge in his college dorm. But being technically savvy, Bao was able access the machine’s cloud backups whereupon he found that the thief had recorded the following video of himself dancing using the machine’s webcam. The YouTube video was appropriately titled, “Don’t steal computers belonging to people who know how to use computers.”

As the video began to thread, the would-be thief turned himself into the police and sent Mark an apology that reads,


hey Mark.

I am sorry for all that I have done. I would ask for forgiveness in person but I am not allow to go back on campus for what I did. I was being a dumbass for thinking I could get away with something like this. I hope I didn’t cause you so much trouble over it either. I went to your school at 2 am so i can try to fix things. I left the laptop there with campus police. I left a statement and I am waiting on the detective to look over the police report to see what will happen to me. Like I have said. I am truely sorry for what I have done and I promise you and myself that it would not happen again. I am not this kind of person. I am a respectful person and I don’t know why I did something like this. I am sorrry for that.

I know I am in no position for asking you for favors but Can you please put down the videos that you have put up of me. I know what I did was wrong and if i was a different person line leave it up but I do have two Professional lobs that iif something like that gets leak I can get in morre trouble and be more embarress as well. So I will Ask for that huge favor.

lf you want we can meet up so I can say sorry in person. I feel like that would be a good idea. It would not change much but at least I can say I said it in person.


We’ll have to call bs on this. Not on the story, but on the apology. Sounds to us like this thief is more sorry that he got caught. Furthermore, we’d bet good money that this fool does not have one, let alone two professional jobs given his abhorrent spelling and grammar.

Okay okay, maybe he is truly sorry. After all, nothing like being publicly shamed and humiliated to really learn a life lesson.

For what it’s worth, Bao had assumed his laptop was forever missing and bought a new machine in the interim. Having reclaimed posession of his old computer, he’s decided to put it up on eBay and donate the proceeds to relief efforts in Japan.

As for the video, Bao said he’s not planning on taking it down. At the time of this writing, the video has amassed over half a million views in the 5 days since it was first posted.

via TNW


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Blessed Cheesemaker Says:

    You know, maybe public humiliation & ostracizing for criminals would be a good thing. It sure would save us a lot of $$$ building prisons and maintaining them.

  2. Macman Says:

    At least he knows how to use a Mac (to take video of himself).

    “Once you go Mac, you’ll never go back”

    O.K., you Mac persons! One more reminder to get a security cable and USE it, even in the library on campus.

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