Wednesday, March 19, 2008
It is becoming a sad world when we can't go to work and feel safe in our office. I was finally feeling pretty good today after recovering from the flu, but what started out to be a good day took a serious turn for the worse.
I work in a law office during the day where there is only me and one attorney. This afternoon about 3:30, I had walked to the file room to put some files away. After being back there only a few minutes, I thought I heard the front door open. I walked back to my office in the front and saw the front door standing wide open. I stepped out on the porch and saw a woman getting in her car. I walked to her car and asked if I could help her. She appeared very nervous and was covering something in the seat. I immediately knew something wasn't right when she told me she just wanted to know what kind of law we practiced, but did not want to come in and speak with the attorney. As soon as I walked back into my office, I realized she had stolen my purse that had been up under my desk, but she drove off as I ran back out the door. I was able to get her license plate number, color and make of her car. The police officer that went and interviewed her said she denied ever being at our office and she said she was in classes all day. It appears nothing will be done to this thief.
I have spent the afternoon calling my bank and credit card companies to close all my accounts. In my purse was my cell phone, my palm pilot (that had all my massage appointments in it), my Canon elph digital camera, my checkbook and drivers license, bank cards, cash, flash drive and numerous other items.
And nothing will be done to this individual because she simply said she wasn't there!! I will, however, rest easy tonight, because I know that even though she may have gotten away with my belongings on this day, someday she will have to answer to a higher power for her crimes.
To follow up on this story, I have spent the last 2 1/2 days taking measures to protect myself and identity, opening new bank accounts and beginning the process of replacing my electronics. I have finally moved past the anger and will sleep much better tonight. I have decided that this individual stole property from me, but I will not allow her to make me lose any more sleep and I will not allow her to make me miserable by being angry and upset. I have done all that I can, and now I will move on. This is now in the hands of a higher power, and I truly believe that you reap what you sow.
Well, life is getting back to normal. After days of being angry, I'm putting this matter to rest. I have also been truly touched by how many wonderful people there are around me. There have been so many kind words of support during this time from friends, including many here on this wonderful site. I also had something happen that I never expected. One of my massage clients came to the spa where I work and brought me a Palm Pilot because she knew mine had been stolen. Then I refused to let her pay me for her massage because I felt she had already done so much to help me out, but she left a check anyway for much more than I normally charge for a massage. I was overwhelmed by her kindness and generosity. I admit that I was wrong at the beginning of this blog when I said this is a sad world. Yes, we have the few bad apples among us, but most people are honest and kind. This is a wonderful world with fantastic people. Thank you all for your kind words of support.