Originally Posted by Noel
I read Bryson's comment as meaning "all people who have their phones stolen have them stolen by people who ask to borrow their phone," rather than "all people who ask to borrow your phone will steal your phone." If that's indeed what Bryson meant, I think his slightly vague wording led to a misinterpretation on Chucker's part.
No. He made a sarcastic, hyperbolic statement. (And there's nothing wrong with that.)