Wow !!! Way to go blaming the carrier without going to a store as requested. What if your "friend" reported the phone stolen after giving you his phone? Your anger is misplaced considering you haven't actually had the chance to go to the store yet. If a phone is reported as stolen, there is a procedure to resolve the problem.
If I'm annoyed and you're annoyed, does that make us a paranoid ??
Sarcasm is a fine art...
"Don't believe everything you think"
It's not a matter of if you win or lose, it's how you assign the blame