My friend Eileen parks on the street, waiting for me. I rush up the steps, noticing the back side window of the car is covered in plastic. We take residential streets to our meeting so the wind doesn’t whip the plastic off the window.
I left the car on the street with an empty tote in the back, she says, I know better than that. She lives on a busy street and it’s not the first time. A nutritionist by trade, she left a tote full of diabetes pamphlets in the car in the parking garage at the hospital she worked at. Thieves broke into her car in the garage, snatching the tote. A day later she received a call from the local medical clinic. Could she retrieve her tote from their parking lot, please?
Thief 1: This tote is full of nothing but paper!
Thief 2: Not just paper, pamphlets on diabetes. People may need these.
Thief 1: Dude! They’re not valuable. We can’t trade’em for nothing.
Thief 2: They’re valuable to someone. I don’t steal stuff from sick people, dude!
Thief 1: Okay, okay, jeez! Where did we get that tote?
Thief 2: From some medical place.
Thieves with a conscience returned her property to the nearest medical place.
There is something about her totes which attract the criminal element. She left several totes with cooking demonstration items and her laptop In the car and all disappeared one night. Two days later she received a call from a man In Sedro Woolley, way up north in the boonies over 2 hours away. His car was stolen 3 days ago and he just got it back, packed with stuff not belonging to him. Her totes but not her laptop was part of the stuff. The thief stole the car and headed south to Seattle on a crime spree, picking up loot along the way. She drove to Sedro Woolley to retrieve her stuff but never got her laptop back.
This Does This Happen to You moment take away is never leave a tote in your car; they’re thief magnets and many thanks to Eileen for her story.