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Man with selfie stick captures thief allegedly stealing his cell phone

Technically Incorrect: An Ecuadorian musician with a GoPro on a selfie stick is attending the pope's visit when he is accosted by an alleged sinner.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Honestly, in front of the pope? Diego Miño/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Evil lurks everywhere.

At least that's what my deeply Catholic parents always told me. I'd walk down the street, peering around corners, looking for little red people with horns.

In those days, though, there weren't selfie sticks. These things can capture more than meets the human eye. Which is why a piece of footage posted initially by Ecuadorian drummer Diego Miño is holding the world's fascination.

Miño attended the pope's mass in Ecuador last week. There were around 1 million people there. As he walked with a GoPro on the end of his selfie stick, a man appears to stalk him from behind.

As multiple news outlets have reported, Miño says that his cell phone was stolen from his pocket. We don't actually see that conclusively in the footage. We see the man grab for something from a jacket tied around Miño's waist.

But how odd that having a selfie stick might, in its own twisted way, finally have a purpose.

There again, if Miño didn't have the selfie stick, perhaps he'd have had his hands in his pockets. Or he'd have been filming with his cell phone.

Sometimes, we have so many gadgets that we don't know which one to pay attention to most.