Obviously, quite good this time!
Published on January 14, 2011 By KFC Kickin For Christ In Blogging

Around here I'm usually known for asking "what are the chances?" 

Usually it involves something I believe my husband is just being paranoid about. He's ultra careful about everything.  He locks everything.  He double checks everything, sometimes driving me crazy.  Did I shut off the coffeepot?  Did I lock the door?  Forget about when we leave a hotel room and he has to do his double-triple routine. He checks everything in the room while we're all standing there waiting for him and complaining the whole time.  Yes, one time he found my socks, still at the foot of the bed, under the covers.  What would I have done without those socks?  

Last week we came home to discover I left the front door unlocked. Not opened, mind you, but still not locked.   Oh my.  And nothing was stolen.  I suppose someone could have figured this out but really...what are the chances?   Especially where we live.  I guess I'm of the opinion, if they need it bad enough, let them have it. Locks are for honest people anyway. 

Well that mentality got tested last night when my wallet was stolen.

We took a quick run to McDonalds which is literally five minutes from the house.  It was dead in there.  Five or six workers behind the counter, two teens sitting down eating, one of whom we know and have in SS class.  He works there and was on break.  I don't remember seeing any other customers. 

I paid for my order and collected this take-out order as my husband finished  speaking to the young man from Sunday School.   On the way out I picked up straws for our smoothies. 

As we're driving into the driveway I noticed my wallet missing. It's pretty big and black.  We have to go back. So as fast as we could, we drove back. Five minutes tops.   I expected to see my wallet still sitting at the register counter.  It wasn't.  Great! 

Nobody had seen it.  I see two older couples sitting there having ice cream but other than that it was dead in there like it was minutes before.  We checked around the area, even looking outside where we parked the car.  Nothing. 

We double-tripled checked all around the inside of the car.  Still nothing.  What are the chances, in a complete down time at an eatery that someone would steal my wallet instead of turning it in?   In just a matter of a few short minutes? 

So we go home, thinking about what needs to be canceled.  What did I have in my wallet?  Well I had the usual three credit cards, cash, two uncashed payroll checks (great!) a few store membership cards like Sams, Best Buy, CVS etc.   I had slips and other odds and ends, mostly of a personal nature but then there was my license. 

It's a pain in the neck to have to go back and get a re-issued license. Time and money I didn't want to spend. 

I immediately get on the phone canceling two of my credit cards before my husband reminded me of my brand new Target card we just received that week.  Great.  Another one to cancel. 

He decides to go back down to McDonalds.  We're starting to think maybe it was an employee who took the wallet.   It could be.    My husband just wanted to do his usual double-triple checking thinking maybe it's there and he didn't look around enough when we first went back.  He needs to check the trash.  He needs to triple check everything.  That's just the way he is. 

He leaves.  I call the cops.  I report it and give them my suspicion it could be an employee.  I'm thinking if a cop can go down and do some checking around behind the counter or back room where we can't, maybe he can find it.   I tell the dispatcher my husband just went back to the scene of the crime hoping they'd meet there. 

About 10 minutes later my husband comes home with the wallet held high.  He found it.  It was thrown out the front door in plain sight.   Now we're thinking when we went back the first time whoever had it was still inside because we would have seen it.    He found it easily when he went back knowing there was no way we would have missed it the first time.   Did we make someone nervous who overhead us inquiring about this wallet?  

When we went back the first time, my husband told Jon, the kid we knew while I was speaking to the manager.  Jon went back and told the manager who already knew because I left her my name and number.  Did someone go "uh-oh it's one of my co-worker's friends?"  Could it have been the other teen who was eathing with Jon whom we didn't know? 

We don't know.  All we know is it was thrown out the front door between the first time we went back and the second time.  The cash was missing.  Everything else looked good. 

It wasn't until I got my wallet back that we realized that we had another credit card with a $20K limit that I barely use.  I only use that card for gas and since he gets most of the gas didn't give it a thought.  Also there was a $25 gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond that was right next to the cash that didn't get taken. 

If it wasn't for my husband's need to double-triple check we might not have gotten this wallet back.  But really, what are the chances that the next person walking into McDonald's by the front door doesn't reach down and bring the wallet, sans cash now, to the manager and report it? 

I don't have an answer for that anymore.  The thief must have needed that cash more than I did.  I'm all for giving to the poor.  I just don't like the way this one chose to receive it. 

Hmmmm he must be a liberal!   

 

 

 

 

 


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on Jan 14, 2011

I am kinda like you and my wife is kinda like your husband. Or I use to be.  4 Years ago, an acquaintance of mine along with his wife and 2 daughters were brutally murdered.  In their own home.  The reason the murderers picked his house?  His front door was unlocked (it was not in a bad part of town).

What are the chances?  I no longer care to find out.

on Jan 14, 2011

I never play the odds.  I lose every time I do.  And sometimes when I don't...heh.

I'm glad you were able to get your wallet back.  It probably was a guy since the bed bath and beyond gift card was still there...what are the chances a woman thief woulda left that?...lol

I rarely ever carry cash...so if they steal my wallet...big let down!!  Except of course yard sale cash, which I know from reading your FB this was....Hope it wasn't much...but then I also know you are one of the few women I know who can take $10 and buy  $543 worth of stuff....well, you and Amanda...lol.  I am always impressed by that!!

Good on your hubby!!  Don't ya love it when they come through??  I love when my husband's tenacity works to our benefit.....

 

on Jan 14, 2011

Hope it wasn't much...but then I also know you are one of the few women I know who can take $10 and buy $543 worth of stuff

yep.  No I think I only had about $22 in there.  Expensive for a McDonald's meal but now I'm glad I did the paying when hubby offered to give me money.  It's at least six bucks or so less than what they would have had. 

I bought what looks like a brand new juicer for $3.  Got a John Piper book that looks brand new for a buck.  Got a very cute ceramic pot with a lid for a buck and a brand new large squirt gun still in its pkg for 50 cents! 

Good on your hubby!! Don't ya love it when they come through??

ya, I call him my wallet hero.  He did the same thing when I was attacked in 97.  He went back to the scene of the crime and double checked what the cops had already done.  Only it was he, not the cops, who found the roll of duct tape. 

It probably was a guy

ya, that's what I was thinking too.  Either that or they were in a hurry, saw green and dumped everything else.  They even left the change which I had quite a bit in the zippered compartment.  I did notice tho, that it was unzipped.   Again, gotta be a guy.  Guys don't like to carry change. 

Wow Doc.  That's terrible about the people you knew. 

At night before we go to bed my husband goes around and checks every door/lock so I don't have to worry about someone getting into an unlocked house at night.  Usually these people do work under the cover of darkness.  When I left the house unlocked last week it was basically going to get my husband at work so maybe it was an hour in the late afternoon.  Around here it would be hard to walk out with anything large like a TV because the houses are so close and people notice everything.  I have heard of jewelry type thefts here but it comes and goes in cycles.  I don't have any expensive jewelry so that's not an issue with me. 

 

 

on Jan 14, 2011

Amazing isn't it? With me, it seems odds are I am likely to lose every time I am in this kind of situation which is why I am kinda like your husband. Maybe not 3 times but I do check twice in most cases.

Just goes to show how sometimes what can seem annoying may actually be a good thing. Like when my kids are loud 95% of the time. During the 5% of silence I get worried and sometimes find out there's nothing wrong but at times I have caught my middle child doing things he's not supposed to. My biggest fear is him hurting himself and me not knowing because I assumed he was OK when he was quiet.

Glad you found your purse, did you get to cancel any of the cards?

on Jan 14, 2011

at times I have caught my middle child doing things he's not supposed to

I think that is a middle child thing.  It was always my middle child I was checking on too.  You're right tho, you have to pay extra attention to the quiet times.  What are they up to sort of thing. 

did you get to cancel any of the cards?

ya, I did and now wished I had only put them on hold.  I was given a chance to put my visa on hold but decided at the moment just to cancel.  The problem is I have a monthly debit coming out for my World Vision Child I support so that kind of messes them up and now I have to get that straightened out. 

on Jan 14, 2011

UPDATE:

So, I'm thinking....what would Tonya do?  She just wouldn't sit down and take this now would she?  She'd fight back right T? 

I went back to McDonald's today.  I met the same woman manager as last night.  Evidently she's maybe a night or assistant manager to this store.  She instantly recognized me as the "lady from last night." 

I said, "do you have cameras in here?"

She said:  "Yes, we do." 

I said" "well I'd like to see the footage from last night between 8-3:30. 

She said, "let me call the manager.  I just told him about last night."

So she puts him on the line and he said he just heard about what happened.  I inquired about the cameras and he said it's not for the public to see but that he would view the tape now that he has an exact time frame which is quite helpful.  He would get back to me. 

I reminded him that if this was an employee, it was in his best interest to find out because if they stole from me, they will steal from him. 

So we left it that he would check the footage tomorrow.   Let's see how helpful Big Brother's going to be. 

on Jan 15, 2011

UPDATE #2.

Mystery solved.  The manager called to tell me he saw who took my wallet.  I asked him if he knew who it was and he said "yes  ma'm."  I then asked if it was an employee and he again said "yes ma'm."   He then went on to tell me it surprised him but this person doesn't work for him anymore. 

He is going to reimburse me for the cash taken and give us a couple of free meals.  I feel for the kid who did this.  It's an expensive lesson to learn but hopefully it's a "live and learn" moment for him/her and will help him to think twice before doing such a thing again. 

Big Brother is truly watching. 

 

on Jan 15, 2011

Mystery solved. The manager called to tell me he saw who took my wallet. I asked him if he knew who it was and he said "yes ma'm." I then asked if it was an employee and he again said "yes ma'm." He then went on to tell me it surprised him but this person doesn't work for him anymore. He is going to reimburse me for the cash taken and give us a couple of free meals. I feel for the kid who did this. It's an expensive lesson to learn but hopefully it's a "live and learn" moment for him/her and will help him to think twice before doing such a thing again.

That's nice and all, but he should have called the police immediately.  A crime was committed (he reached into your purse to get the wallet right?), there is a tape of it.  Not letting you see it, ok maybe I can get that, but not turning the kid in is just wrong.  (You can bet your last $22 if that was the register the kid stole money from the cops woulda been called YESTERDAY!  And probably the fire trucks too... )

 

So, I'm thinking....what would Tonya do? She just wouldn't sit down and take this now would she? She'd fight back right T?

You got it my sista!  lol....  Good on ya.  That's good thinking...I didn't know McD's video tapped .... good to know....

 

 

on Jan 15, 2011

The manager wasn't in the store when it happened.  Some lesser manager was.  I think she thought at first that I just misplaced my wallet and that was my problem.  She seemed a bit unfazed when I first when in but understanding that it wasn't about the money but the personal stuff that was troubling. 

And no, left it right there next to the register on the counter coming back within 10 minutes to get it.  So nobody reached into my pocketbook.  That was the problem, I should have had my pocketbook and this wouldn't have happened.  I wouldn't have left that because it would have been around my shoulder. 

I'm not sure if they are turning the kid in or not.  I may ask about that when I go back in to get reimbursed.  I did tell the manager tonight on the phone that I believe when this happens they need to press charges and hold the kid accountable or they'll just be repeat offenders.  Who knows how long or how much he/she has stolen thus far? 

 

 

on Jan 15, 2011

I'm not sure if they are turning the kid in or not. I may ask about that when I go back in to get reimbursed. I did tell the manager tonight on the phone that I believe when this happens they need to press charges and hold the kid accountable or they'll just be repeat offenders. Who knows how long or how much he/she has stolen thus far?

Since the wallet was on the counter, I dunno, that makes it tricker in my mind, legally speaking (not morally though). 

Taking money out of a found wallet...I wouldn't think that's illegal...but that kid knew who the wallet belonged too....I wouldn't want him working for me.

on Jan 15, 2011

I dunno, that makes it tricker in my mind, legally speaking (not morally though).

you mean like "finders keepers" sort of thing? 

One thing's for sure and we discussed it that night,...whoever took it was in there with it when we both went in looking all around for it.  They must have quickly dumped it right after we left because it was right out in plain sight 10 or so minutes later when my husband went back up to double check.   Made us wish we had hidden out in the parking lot to see it firsthand.  But who knew?

I just feel very fortunate, not only in the fact I got my wallet back that same night but how often do you get to know who the criminal is less than 48 hours later?   Praise God was our first thought when my husband walked into the house with it.  He sure had a big grin on his face.   

 

 

 

 

on Jan 16, 2011

so back to the question "What are the chances?"   As I originally wrote, that night we were entertaining the idea that it was an employee who may have taken this wallet.  When the cop came to our door in response to my call that night, he seemed to think it was not an employee because of the door the wallet was near.  He thought the employees would use a side door but I disagreed at the time mostly because it was so dead in there that night.  I just seemed to me there was more of a chance that an employee took it then a customer in the very short period of time this all took. 

So going by the chances  proved correct.  Turns out it was an employee after all. 

on Jan 16, 2011

so back to the question "What are the chances?"

I'd be interested to know (if there were such a data base) the odds you would not only get your wallet back within a few hours, but to have the person who stole the money busted within 24 hours.  Wow.  That's some divine of justice you got going on there....

 

on Jan 16, 2011

LOL  I laughed and laughed when I read your last thought T.  Ya, God is good isn't he???  I'm sure all this happened for a reason. 

Actually my husband had the wallet in his hand within the hour.  We left the house the first time at 8 pm, was at McD's between 8:05-8:20 and he finally had the stolen but now found wallet in his hands just before 9.  

We went back up at maybe 8:25-30 the second time when I first noticed it missing.  Came home and my husband went back up alone  about 8:45 because I was on the phone with the cops about that time.  He came back to the house around 9 pm or a little after. 

So the whole thing was between 8-9 pm.  I may find out tomorrow who actually took this when I go back up to get reimbursed tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

on Jan 16, 2011

So the whole thing was between 8-9 pm. I may find out tomorrow who actually took this when I go back up to get reimbursed tomorrow.

I am really hoping it wasn't the boy you know. 

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