A Rutgers University student is in dire straits for a common foible — failing to back up stuff on the computer.
Five years of the student’s doctoral research disappeared last week. It had been kept on a laptop that was stolen April 19 from a university chemistry building in New Brunswick, N.J.
With his thesis defense looming, the chemistry doctoral student put up fliers around campus offering to pay $1,000 to get his research back.
“If you stole my laptop and now you are reading this letter, I would like to say that you can keep the computer and I would like to pay you money for my data under D drive. The data is my FIVE-YEAR work,” the flier reads, describing the computer folder holding his thesis information.
“I only need that folder for my thesis defense, which is coming very soon. I would like to pay you $1,000 and use whatever way you offer to send you the money. The price is negotiable. … PLEASE contact me and I would appreciate it so so much!!!” His plight has spread quickly online. Another graduate student saw the flier Tuesday and posted a photo of it to Facebook. By Friday, the photo had been shared more than 30,000 times, in part due to its popularity on Reddit, the social sharing and discussion site.
By Jonathan Lai INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Published by The Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey edition