I stopped iPhone thief and got myself a job
IT was a job interview with a difference for a father-to-be after he chased the thief who stole his prospective employer's smart phone.
Florian Betivu's civic duty so impressed the couple who were due to interview him, they offered him the job.
The married 33-year-old had been waiting on the ground floor of interior design showroom L'Una Design, in Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, as owners Michele Pemberton and Dustin Wise dealt with a customer.
Florian, originally from Romania, saw a man walk into the showroom carrying leaflets, steal an iPhone 4 and run off.
The trained carpenter said: "I arrived for my interview and could see that Michele and Dustin were with a client, so I waited outside.
"I saw some guy come in the showroom. There was something about the way he was looking around. Then I saw him put the phone in his pocket and leave.
"I said 'I will have that phone in your pocket.'
"He pretended not to know what I was talking about. I said ' I want that phone, then I will leave you alone.' He then started running.
"I caught up with him at the corner where Cheltenham Ladies' College is. He said 'I'm going to punch you. I said 'punch me then'. He was bigger than me, but I am a better runner.
"He ran again and I chased him to St George's Road. He gave me the phone then.
"I'm not the sort of person to stand by and let them steal. It's not right."
Michele, 51, said: "Florian was due to come for an interview and I got a phone call from him saying he was late and explaining that he was chasing someone down the road to get our phone back.
"We reported it to the police and they said they hoped we were going to offer him the job after what he'd done.
"It would have been a disaster if that phone had gone. It contains the stuff of our daily life.
"We were trusting when we left it downstairs, as we were with a client upstairs.
Michele's partner Dustin, 38, added: "We knew Florian was a nice guy, but to confront someone in that way was amazing. You wouldn't normally do that. The risk is massive.
"Most people would turn a blind eye. We were glad to take him on as our first employee. He's just the sort of person we need.
"It's his honesty which struck me the most. Most people wouldn't stick their neck out.
"You don't know if people are carrying a knife, but Florian said 'I'm not having that'.
"It shows a moral side of Florian which we wouldn't have seen."
Florian, a keen footballer from Wymans Brook, who is to become a father for the first time in January, is due to take up his new job of installation technician on November 4.
He added: "I have been working for St John's Trust and it will be nice to do something with my carpentry. It's going to be a whole new life – a new baby and now a new job."
A spokeswoman for Gloucestershire police confirmed that a theft had been reported from L'Una.
She added: "Officers are continuing to appeal for any witnesses that haven't yet spoken to them to call 101 quoting incident number 366 of September 20."