Japanese netizens are divided over a viral story about a woman who found out that her fiancé, who she met when he “found” her lost phone, was the same person who stole it.
— 国立はるるんぽ大学 (@ah44444h) January 15, 2019
Upon inquiring how her friend met her fiancé, she was told an adorable story worthy of a rom-com, or a creepy Netflix original.
“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,” the friend shared.
However, a twist in her friend’s narrative would later reveal a plot more resembling a thriller than a romantic story.
“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,” added the friend.
The mere fact that the “leading man” in this tale stole the phone of a woman should already set anyone’s creep-o-meter alarm bells ringing. The Netflix original “You,” a thriller based off a 2014 novel by Caroline Kepnes, follows a bookstore manager in New York who falls in love and becomes obsessed with a customer, eventually leading him to steal her cell phone.
Yet, a few final twists in how the pair got engaged left many netizens even more baffled:
“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,” @ah44444h’s friend revealed. “Oh, and also I got pregnant hehe LOL.”
When @ah44444h’s friend told the entirety of the story, she then said:
“THERE IS NOTHING TO BE LAUGHING ABOUT!”
@ah44444h’s story has since sparked a Twitter debate over the man’s sneaky tactic in getting the woman’s attention.
Those who found the courtship to be weird dismissed the man as a creepy stalker:
“That’s…creepy,” a commenter wrote.
“Most people would be seriously done with the relationship if they found that out,” one user noted.
“So scary how he stole her phone,” another chimed in.
“So that makes him a thief right?” added one.
“I can’t imagine marrying someone who’d take someone else’s property like that,” said another.
Meanwhile, there were others who thought that the gesture was romantic:
“He stole her phone…and also her heart,” a netizen wrote.
“Everyone has their own values and definition of what love is,” one commenter said.
“I put my phone into a girl’s bag one time. Obviously, I never got it, or my feelings, returned,” one user said in jest.
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