The case of the lost/stolen Fitbit
Thursday, October 8
Time: 7:10 PM
I'm at the gym, class is ending, and as I look over at the front desk area I see my Fitbit sitting on the counter. I think to myself, "don't forget to grab it before you leave." I talk to a few people after class, go to the ladies locker room and upon my return I see that my Fitbit is no longer on the desk. I get a sinking feeling. My heart rate goes up, and my Fitbit isn't on my wrist to tell me so. I look around and I ask the front desk person if she's seen it. She tells me that she never saw it there and asks people around. The children playing around the front desk area admit that they played with it and then claim they set it down after picking it up. The gym staff and I look on the floor, around lockers and everywhere else trying to figure out where it might have gone. I open up the Fitbit app on my phone and I click on "sync now" trying to locate it as my first thought was that a kid probably stashed it away in some remote part of the gym while playing with it and was too embarrassed to confess after the fact. No luck. I do notice, however, that there are three cameras pointing at the front desk, so I ask them if they can see who might have grabbed it. They tell me they'll look into it. I leave sad and instantly feel naked without my Fitbit.
Time: 9:50 PM
I log into the Fitbit app on my phone (old habits die hard) and I see that my Fitbit synced at 8:51 PM. WHAT? HOW?! I go to Fitbit's website and it says "If it synced recently, that means it is within 15-20 feet of a computer with the Fitbit Connect software installed and a dongle plugged in. " This assures me that someone at the gym walked out of it with it. I immediately email Fitbit's support account and let them know what happened. After finding out that my Fitbit is syncing, I decided to find out more about my thief. So I keep checking the app because, clearly, this person lives in a house where there's a Fitbit dongle.
Friday, October 9
A full 24 hours have passed. The cameras at the gym still hadn't been reviewed, so I check on the Fitbit and I see its "Last Sync" change to recent times, so I decide to add some alarms to annoy the thief. Did you know that you can only have up to 8 alarms on your Fitbit? I sure didn't. Thanks, thief. I added a few alarms set to go off before dawn to teach the thief a lesson: don't mess with me or my Fitbit...
Sure enough, the 2:36 AM alarm made this person get up as they seemed to have taken a few steps. It looks like the other alarms went off, too, and disturbed this person's sleep. Mission accomplished!
I kept checking the app and what do you know? More heart rate data, but very few steps. This person seemed to be wearing it intermittently.
Saturday, October 9
I get a phone call from the gym telling me that they've found a Fitbit and that might belong to me. I go check it out, and lo and behold, there it is. It works fine and it synced right away. The only thing is that it smells of Chanel No. 5 (yuck) and it irks me that someone else was wearing it. The gym had told me that they couldn't check the camera feed without the I.T. guy, who apparently doesn't live in the area, yet had assured me that if they couldn't find it by Sunday they'd buy me a new one. Well, that's nice. At the end of the day, I did get my Fitbit back, but part of me wants a new one after seeing all this activity. Wouldn't you? Oh well. Little Fitbit of mine, where you were, we'll never know.
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My name is Belen, I like to play with data using Stata during work hours and in my free time. I like blogging about my Fitbit, Stata, and random musings.