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October
29
2007
1:34 pm
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(If you’ve ever been a Boy Scout, you know how that song ends… “the motto of the Boy Scouts…”)

So I’m dropping off a late kids’ birthday present to a friend of mine over the weekend, and when I get to their house, he’s changing the front locks on his door.  I make the small talk, how’s your weekend been, etc, and he lets me know that his wife just had her purse stolen out of her car — get this — while she was putting groceries away in the back of the car at the local grocery store.  From what I gather, she opens up the back of the car, starts putting groceries away and someone runs by and snags her purse right out of the front seat.

She immediately calls home (she still had her cell phone thank goodness) and hurriedly explains the situation and says to get out all the bills and start calling to report the card(s) stolen.  He does so.

By the time she gets home a couple hours later, one of the cards had already called and said they “got a hit” at a local Target store, where someone tried to use their card to purchase $300 worth of stuff.  Of course, the credit card company denied the charge and I’m guessing the perpetrator just got away.

Boy, I sure would love to have a friend in Target’s IT / security department so I could get ahold of that video, showing the culprit trying to use my card.  I’d hand it over to the police in a heartbeat and try to find that low-life scum.  My blood pressure’s higher just because of this story, and I’m not even connected directly to it!

It’s almost like people are seeing signs that aren’t really there.

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The moral of the story is – it pays to be prepared and to act fast when something like this happens.  Someone steals your purse or wallet?  You only have minutes to respond because the thief is going to try to get whatever they can as soon as they can.  You should be able to quickly the phone numbers of your creditors so you can notify them.

And all you ladies with the $300 purses and handbags? (Coach, d+b, Louie Vuitton, whatever).  You’re an even bigger target because the purse itself is worth loads of cash to the right pawn shop.

Common sense suggestions of the day:

  • Keep your purse on your person, and even better yet, connected to your arm.  Someone’s less likely to try to snatch it if they have to drag along a bloody amputated arm with it.  Thiefs hate publicity and attention, and they probably think they’ll catch some disease from your blood.
  • Keep your cell phone on your person.  If someone steals your purse with your cell in it, how are you going to get help?  Unless you’re a knockout, are wearing Daisy Duke shorts and have your hair up in pigtails, most people aren’t going to go out of their way to help you out.
  • If you have a lot of groceries, get help from the store’s uniformed checkout people.  You don’t have to tip anymore (it’s against most stores policies), and if you’re a woman, you can probably make some teen kids’ day by smiling at them just right.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this public service announcement, brought to you by Wayne.


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