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How my wallet was taken

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Michael St. Clair, Jul 11, 2002.

  1. Michael St. Clair

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    and I am pissed.

    Well, I've got to vent. Thanks to the HTF After Hours area, I guess I've got a place to do it.

    Tonite my wife and I went out to dinner. I am a very wallet-conscious person, especially away from home and work. I have a little 'nervous' habit. Whenever I go to a restaurant, I take my wallet out and check it to make sure that I have it, and to ensure that I have cash/cards to make the proper payment.

    I was doing this tonite as my wife decided that our table was too cold; we were sitting directly under an air vent and cold A/C was blowing directly on us. She asked the server if we could change tables. He found us a good one about 30 feet away. This happened right at the time I was checking my wallet.

    After we ate, I realized my wallet was gone. Then I realized that I had pulled it out to check it at our original table. I trotted right over to the original table, and realized that somebody had eaten there. Yep, I checked with the people sitting at the adjacent tables and with the server, and discovered that a young couple had been seated there after us...and that they had eaten rather quickly (WAY faster than we did, and we didn't dawdle), and then left. I smiled at the server with a knowing look in my eye, and said "well, I'm sure they paid cash, right?"

    Yeah, they paid cash all right. Probably my cash. But regardless, they certainly wouldn't want to pay with a card and leave any kind of trail.

    No, I know what I did. I distinctly remember pulling my wallet out, and checking the cards for the metallic flash of my platinum charge plate.

    To this 'earnest looking' (as the server described them), very-fast-eating, cash-paying young couple:

    A pox on you. May the wheel of Karma roll right back around and run over your sorry asses. Fuck you.

    As time passes, I find myself increasingly disillusioned with the nature of the general populace.
     
  2. Bill Balcziak

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  3. Chris Lock

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    Try this nervous habit- keep your wallet in your pocket & pat the pocket to make sure the wallet's there. Much harder to lose it that way.
     
  4. Kevin T

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    chris:

    i seemed to have gotten into this exact habit over the year. whenever i walk around in a crowd, i'm constantly tapping my back pocket with my wrist to feel if my wallet is still there. dunno where i picked up the habit but i haven't lost my wallet in public ever since doing it.

    kevin t
     
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  6. Rob Lutter

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    I ALWAYS put my wallet in my front pocket.
     
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    I have never once in my life put a wallet in my back pocket, and probably never will.
     
  8. Michael St. Clair

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    Actually, I virtually always keep my wallet in my front pocket. Taking it out to check my cards/cash while seated (and allowing myself to get distracted at the same time) is what bit me in the ass.

    Frankly, I should just check to make sure my wallet is there. I've never lost a credit card from my wallet.
     
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    I always slap my ass to check for my wallet, friends always wonder what I'm really doing though, haha. Havn't it lost it yet (knock on wood).
     
  11. Nathan*W

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    Since no one has said it already, I'm sorry for your loss.[​IMG] I wish you bountiful patience as you try to replace things. (especially at DMV to get a new license)
     
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    I, too "tap" my wallet constantly to ensure it is still there. A few years ago, I read an article that suggested you take everything out of your wallet and make a photocopy, (front and back) so if you lose it, then you can immediately call all the numbers to cancel the credit cards, etc. While I have not had to use this suggestion (knock on wood)I keep a copy of everything in my wallet. Not a bad suggestion.
     
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    Take a tip from someone who has had their wallet (filled with $1800 cash, no less) lifted right out of their back pocket: NEVER, EVER put your wallet in your back pocket.
     
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    Cash? What the hell is that?

    The only time I ever have more than $20 "cash" in my pocket is when I'm in Ls Vegas or the local gaming house, Pechanga, which is very nice, I must say. My miniscual wad goes in the front pocket or maybe even in the sock. My wallet contains a debit card, work place badge, one credit card (for emergencies), driver license and my health insurance card. Even with those bare necessities, it's too bulky for the front pocket most of the time.

    Today's baggy drooping pants are the perfect target for pick pockets. Matter of fact, I think it's the pick pockets that started and encouraged this fashion trend. I must admit, the only reason I haven't been a target is luck. I'm sure the average pick pocket could get mine if he wanted to. I bet a good pick pocket could get most of your wallets, even if it's in the front pocket unless you wear your pants skin tight.

    I've seen some younger guys that have their wallet chained to their pants. I've also heard that some peope put rubber bands around their wallets to thwart pick pockets.
     
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    My rule - NEVER keep money in your wallet. Thats what your front pockets are for! Get yourself a money clip (standard or magnetic) to give your green paper a little more "heft". The only thing in my wallet are credit cards, ID and receipts.
    BTW, one of the reasons I love Land's End dress twills is because they have a small pocket inside the front right-side pocket. Its a perfect place for stashing your cash. Even an experienced pickpocket would play hell grabbing your $$$$ out of there.
     
  19. Jim_C

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    I'm really sorry to hear that Michael. If it had been me I would have been out for blood. Some might say 'it's just a wallet' but I take it as a personal violation and an insult from a person who obviously cares very little about other people.

    >>As time passes, I find myself increasingly disillusioned with the nature of the general populace.
     
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