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I'm sort of forcing myself to update the journal in an attempt to get back in the habit of it.

okay... I went shopping with my sister this weekend and she left her wallet at Express and didn't realize it until we were like nine stores down and trying to buy smoothies. She sort of freaked and started walking back really fast, and I was like, hon, we're in southern johnson county. people here don't need to steal wallets. it's fine.

we get back to express and of course it was fine... a customer had turned it in, they were holding it for her at the counter. she joked about how if she'd been in topeka the thing would have been nabbed in seconds, and I said the same thing about wichita, then I remembered that three years ago I actually did lose my wallet and it had all worked out fine. I left it on top of my car at the gas station and drove off down the highway without remembering it. a day later, a guy called me saying he'd found it, and I went to this appliance repair shop downtown where he worked and picked it up.

so my sister and I are 2/2 when it comes to wallet returns. maybe it's a kansas thing... people are just super nice here. or maybe people are just nicer than we think they are. I know if I found a wallet I'd turn it in. and I like to think of myself as being pretty much like everybody else, you know?


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Mar. 15th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)

I live in L.A. I've had a cashmere sweater STOLEN OFF MY BODY.

Ok, maybe it's not that bad. But I would shit a kitten if I ever left my wallet behind. anywhere. Even at a church.
Mar. 15th, 2006 01:06 am (UTC)
Oh, man can I top that
So about 2 years ago, I pulled the SERIOUSLY STUPID stunt of taking my wedding rings off in a bathroom at Iowa State to wash some residue off my hands from a sticky Coke bottle... you guessed it, walked right out of the bathroom, leaving my rings on the shelf by the sink. Didn't realize I was missing them until 30 minutes later, rushed out of class, and they were gone. I went to lost and found... nothing.

I drove all the way home (45 minutes) sobbing. They're insured, but still... come on, you can't replace something like that. When I got home, I had a message on my machine from the lady at the lost and found saying someone had come to turn them in just after I'd left! (They probably found them, went to class, and then took them to lost and found when class was through.) Whoever turned them in didn't leave their name so I could thank them or give them a reward.

I couldn't believe it. They're worth around $8,000 and some college student did the right thing. I'm still shocked by it, and it gives me the warm fuzzies. I guess living in Iowa has its advantages.
Mar. 15th, 2006 01:08 am (UTC)
I went to get a cart at the grocery store, and there was a purse in another cart. I turned it in at customer service. So there you go.
Mar. 15th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
You two will have to leave them a couple of more times or three before you start seeing any disparity. Luckily, the percentage of [reported] criminal activity isn't near 100 or 50 percent anywhere. That would be bad.

I'm 6/0 with a spare tire, a bike, a CB-Radio, a car radio, several tapes and a calculator. But, I'm not counting the things that didn't disappear. It would then be more like 6/120... or thereabouts, not counting all the times I left my car unlocked.
Mar. 15th, 2006 04:35 am (UTC)
Midwest caution
I had my wallet stolen out of my purse at a department store in KC. Luckily, I had only one credit card in it because the theif used that charge card immediately. I reported the theft within the hour. Yet, dealing with the stolen card and charges was difficult. It took phone calls and interviews to deal with the problem. My advice to everyone anywhere is be careful. I do not carry credit cards unless I want to use them that day. I keep my check book, a credit card, and money in separate holders.
Mar. 15th, 2006 12:41 pm (UTC)
But the moment it involves sexuality, the super-nice evaporates. There must be some way to make it not.
Mar. 15th, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)
My sister has lost her wallet twice- once in NYC, and once in upstate NY. Both times, they returned the wallet, empty of all cash (approx. $50) but all credit cards remained in wallet.

I've lost my wallet once, it fell out of my pullover pocket as I got into the car, and it was left there in the parking lot of a 24-hour convenience store. The person returned it to the police station, and again, no money in it ($10! Somebody felt the need to take my $10!).
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