How times change. Some men now steal phones from women, instead of their hearts on the first date, writes NJOKI CHEGE
The social camp where they met last Christmas was the last place she expected to meet a conman.
In fact, Mercy Obura (not her real name) felt the stirrings of romance when he began stealing glances at her.
Says Mercy: “He immediately took a keen interest in me over my friend Anita who is way prettier than I am. I was pleasantly surprised that he actually noticed me for my personality, rather than my looks.”
But nothing could be further from the truth as Mercy realised on their first date when Antony wickedly revealed why he had been so interested in her.
Her excitement was palpable when he asked her out. When they met, he made her heart race by complementing her on her nice outfit, shoes and hairdo. And he also liked her mobile phone very much, he said.
“You have class. I like!” he said with a charming smile.
He then leaned over and requested for her phone so that he could savour the magnificence of the brand new Nokia N-Series she had bought days before attending the camp.
After placing their order — a king-size Hawaiian Pizza and soft drinks — the two chatted for a while Anthony fiddled with the phone, gleefully pointing out the features he loved.
About three minutes later, he interrupted their conversation saying, “These lazy waiters are taking too long to process our order. Why don’t I go and hurry them up?”
Innocently, Mercy agreed and Antony, with her new phone in his hand, sauntered to the counter to ‘hurry up the waiters’. Mercy did not bother to keep an eye on what was happening at the counter until it dawned on her that Anthony was gone — with her phone.