Tuesday, September 16, 2008


I posted before my that MIL and FIL said they'd buy us our glider for EJ's nursery. I picked my MIL up today and we were going to lunch and then Babies-R-Us to order the chair. We went to the new Panera Bread by her house. I LOVE that place and we don't have one by us so it was a total rare treat. We were there for about an hour eating and laughing and talking all about our baby plans. We got up to leave and I realized my purse had been unzipped. And my wallet was gone. Que the PG lady to start having a near-heart attack. I ran to the counter and asked for a manager and asked if they had surveillance cameras on the dining room to see if we could catch who did it. My MIL remembered a big guy sitting back to back with me and thinking he was kinda close, but then again the tables were pretty squished together.

The manager came out and said they had the guy on film. He walked in the front door at 12:36 (practically two steps behind us) and went right to the dining area, he never ordered any food. And in eight minutes he was out the door again. So he basically was there solely to commit that sort of crime. By the time we were done (about 45 minutes later) he was already almost an hours drive away and had charged about $900 worth of stuff to two of my credit cards, and was probably smiling over the $100 in cash in my wallet. Now I NEVER NEVER NEVER have more than like $10 cash on me but I knew we were going to BRU and I wanted to buy a few things. We have a monthly budget so I took out the cash I wanted to spend this month on "fun things".

So I quickly called my bank to cancel my debit card and called Ed to cancel our other credit cards. We were told we won't be responsible for the charges he did make, but now comes all the hassle stuff. I need to get a new driver's license. I need to get new grocery store super-saver cards. I need to get a new Blockbuster card. Etc. Etc. Etc.

And then there are the things I can't replace...my college ID, pictures, fortune from the Chinese dinner we had before my BFP that was a total "sign". And then all of those business cards you collect over time for the hairdresser, favorite manicure place, photographer I want to use for baby pictures, etc. And then are the things I'm not even remembering. I just hope there is nothing in there that this creep can use to harm my credit (or me personally). I've already put a fraud alert on my credit so hopefully no more financial damage can be done. But I just feel like I'm forgetting something and I'm going to be whacked with something huge in the near future.

And Ed has to work late tonight and my parents are on vacation so I just very desperately need a hug and to feel safe. Poor Jimmy is going to have to put up with me cuddling with him for the next few hours. LOL.

Why are there such assholes out there????? I know many of us are firm believers in karma so let's all gang up together and wish something just as irritating to happen to this guy. Maybe the $400 he spent at the drug store was for cigarettes and in a few years he'll come down with lung cancer? Can karma do that or is that just too mean???

Anyway...I ordered my glider and ottoman which will be here in 2-3 months and my MIL even bought me a diaper bag I was looking at (I think she felt really sorry for me). So those are two things that I was happy about today. And I think the milkshake I'm about to make will give me the "happy ending" that I need :)



Jill said...

I am so sorry -- that just plain sucks. I know what a horrible violation (and pain in the ass) it is. Sending you (((BIG HUGS))).

K-tell said...

I am sooooo sorry... what a complete jerk. I wish I could help ease some of the crappiness. I know when my mom's purse was stolen, even I felt violated and insecure for her.

I am just so sorry.

Newt said...

Oh no! Argh. I'm glad you noticed it so quickly--I hope they catch that guy!

Enjoy the milkshake. I hope Ed gets home soon.

Katie said...

I am so sorry! What a creep. I don't understand why people do that. Somebody once bought themselves subscriptions to World of Warcraft. Sending you a big hug and a virtual milkshake to tide you over until Ed gets home.

Kristin (kekis) said...

WHAT?????!!!!!! Stupid jerk. Here's your hug

Now go get your milkshake. I'm just glad you're okay.

momma mimi said...

I'm so sorry to hear about this Maria. What an awful thing to do. I hope they are able to track down whoever it was since the restaurant has him on film. You did all the right things to cover your bases though. Hugs.

Anonymous said...

Hope all the hugs help, Maria. There should be surveillance cameras where he used your cards. Hope the milkshake helped. Take care! Patty

Emily said...

Oh hon! That SUCKS!!!! I'm glad you caught it and I hope they get 'em!

Sean is always warning me about being too trusting about where I set my purse and leaving in the grocery cart etc and I always kind of blow him off. I will take your situation as lesson learned.

Sorry you have to deal with this crap.

Baby and Me said...

Oh my gosh, I am so sorry that happened. Karma is a bitch so I hope he gets his in the end.

Diana said...

WOW, that really sucks, I'm sorry.

Nine said...

OMG- I am SO sorry!! This is absolutely horrible and I can't believe there are people in this world who do things like this. I'm glad you had a milkshake though! ((hugs))

Amy (MyColonyNJ) said...

Oh Now - totally sucks. What an ass. I am so scared of losing my purse. Like you said, it has things in there that can't be replaced.

{{Hugs}} to you