Saturday, August 28, 2010

A valuable lesson learned..

Today, while in Goodwill, in a matter of minutes I became a victim. Although I had my purse (much like the one pictured below.) close to me at all times,someone managed to take my wallet without my knowledge.

 I'd gone straight to the furniture department to see if "my" chairs  and a chest of drawers had been sold or were still available today for half price. They had not! so as I flagged an employee to tag the items for me, I went to the cashier to pay for the items. Reaching into my purse for my wallet,and discovering it GONE..I panicked..uttered a not nice word! The cashier took my buggy, told me to run check my car as she was announcing a lost wallet over the PA system. No wallet in car! Drats, I knew it was in my purse! Back I went and was met at the cashier's by her waving my wallet! A small child around 8 or 9 had found the wallet. Upon opening the wallet to give her a cash reward, I discovered all cash GONE.
I keep that in a special part of the wallet. Everything else was there just as I'd left them..all credit cards, my driver's license,as well as unused gift cards where the cash had been, plus a 20$ bill folded in a receipt from the grocery store. I thanked them gratefully for returning the wallet, and the little girl said " May I give you a hug? You sure look like you could use one!"
My friend the cashier called me later, and said two more "lost wallet"incidents had occurred since mine..only those wallets were not found.
I learned a valuable lesson today, Everyone takes advantage of Goodwill 1/2 off entire store day..including thieves. Although my purse was firmly on my shoulder at all times and snapped closed, someone with nimble fingers managed to unsnap my purse, reach in, and steal my wallet. I NEVER felt a bump, jostle..nothing to indicate I'd essentially been violated while in a very public place.
Never again will I go into Goodwill carrying a purse, only a credit card in my pocket.
I thanked God for watching over me  by the return of the wallet.
From all the years worked in the banking profession, once home, I did call the credit card companies as well as  the three credit  reporting agencies to alert/ flag my accounts with a fraud alert.
And yet, I still believe in miracles from above..there are Angels among us in all shapes and sizes..just ask the little girl who returned my lost wallet and  asked only to give ME a hug!
.angels.jpg angels image by dcolombiana


  1. It is amazing that they were able to take your wallet out of your purse -without you even realizing it.... at least the sweet little girl made it a little better. How lovely was she!!

    Thank goodness they only took the cash.

  2. Amazing! I'm thankful with you that you got your wallet back! I will never understand why people steal. They are very nervy to walk up and take your wallet.

  3. Oh how terrible, I am so sorry this happened to you. I had this happen on a subway in Rome but I saw the tiny little gypsy teen girl. I however had no cash on me as I am a kept woman. Joe keeps all our money...she was picking the wrong pocket. But back to you...Could you pay with checkcard at GW...mine takes them. Our GW never puts furniture half off so yours is doing good in tha respect. bighugs♥olive

  4. I am sorry that happened to you. It is such a cruddy experience. It happened to my son, and he was only five. We were using the restroom and he left his little fannypack in the shopping basket. When we came back, his money was GONE! I think I was more angry than he was. I will be more careful when I go to Goodwill or anywhere for that matter!

  5. Oh wow, Loui! I'm so sorry that happened to you. That's got to be one of the worst feelings in the world. I'm so glad that your credit cards and other items were left untouched but sorry you lost your cash.

    And what a wonderfully sweet little girl.

    Definitely lessons to remember here. And yes, God is watching over you. Blessings!

  6. What a terrible thing to have happen to you, but with such a endearing ending.

    I have lost my wallet, only to find out that my credit cards were being over utilized almost instantly. It's a sick feeling, and a helplessness that you can't control.

    The staff were amazing at the GW, and so was that little girl. You are definitely being watched over.

    And as for the thieves, I do believe they will pay, what goes around, comes around.

    Meanwhile it's a good lesson for all of us to be more careful. I now only carry a wallet, no purse, nothing to pickpocket on me now.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams.

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  8. I hate that panicy feeling when you see something missing! I had that happen the other day when I couldn't find my debit card. Hours later I found it but gosh my heart just raced.
    I don't understand how they are able to do it so well. I will be sure to watch more closely. What a sweet little girl that found it and offered the hug. I hate to suggest this but hopefully her mother wasn't the one to take it and use the child as a diversion.

  9. So scary. I'm sorry your cash was taken, but thankful the rest was found. This is a good reminder to be extra careful.


  10. What a disheartening experience! I'm glad it was returned and that you are okay. It reminds me to be more aware.

  11. What a horrible thing to happen, but with a very happy ending. That was so sweet that the little girl wanted to hug you. Thanks so much for stopping by.


  12. Unbelieveable, Loui. Bless your heart, you were lucky to get your wallet back, even if they did take your cash ... and what a sweet little girl. I know that hug made you feel so much better. Thank you for sharing your story ... I'm sure we will all be more aware of what's going on around us from now on.

  13. Oh I'm glad you got your wallet back..but the incident left me in a slight panic...I always figured I'd be able to tell if someone were reaching into the deep recesses of my purse to pull out my chunky wallet. yikes! i guess they are really good at what they do.

    Maybe we should craft a wallet that is attached to the inside, so that when they think they've got a hold on it, it doesn't come free when they pull...and voila......caught them right in the act, red handed, or should I say wallet handed!~

    thanks for sharing...I'll be even more vigilant and alert than ever before!

    ciao bella


    and thanks so much for stopping by my blog to see me too.

  14. This is just awful!! I cannot imagine something like that happening! But what a nice little girl! We don't have a Goodwill near here, so I never get to go!

  15. Prayers for the thief and angel hugs for that little girl; what a sweetie.
    And you my friend, lots =OX's!

  16. Hi Loui!

    I am very sorry to hear about your pickpocketing experience...ugh :(

    I have some good news for won Marsha's beautiful necklace on my blog!!!! Please contact me with your details :)

    Best wishes,


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