I have never been so mad in my life.
I will preface that sometimes we are too trusting. That we have grown up living in a protected bubble. And therefore we make errors. We made the mistake of not checking to see if our garage door was closed. We assumed it was. It did not even cross my mind, though, to go verify and double even triple check. I rarely lock the doors to my car unless I’m in public and there is something valuable in the car. However, it’s very sad that we live in a world where we end up kicking ourselves because we didn’t do the previously stated actions. I should not have to kick myself and be upset with myself because of someone who lacks common courtesy of people’s belongings.
As I was getting into my car with my husband, I noticed everything out of the middle compartment pulled out and thrown about. I asked him if he was looking for anything and even wondered if the dogs had gotten into my stuff. When he said, “No.” and also saw his car was in the same condition, it was not difficult to arrive at the same conclusion that someone had been in our cars.
Initially, I assumed they didn’t find anything as I typically don’t have anything worth stealing. Half the time I keep my car unlocked is because I’d rather someone realize it’s not worth their time than having to replace a broken window. I did the same thing. Brian realized his Army backpack, that he had all through Iraq, was taken with his gym clothes. The clothes are replaceable but that backpack was filled with a lot of meaning for him. It’s something that he wore on this back, to this day, with pride and honor. He’s proud to be a veteran. He earned that backpack.
I put the keys in the ignition looking around my car and then my heart sinks into my stomach. My heart rate increases exponentially and I feel anger surging through my veins. It hits me. I left my new purse and wallet in the car. Within my wallet had credit cards, cash, gift cards, my Social Security card, and my ID amongst whatever else I can’t remember. I’m left pissed. Livid. Helpless.
We are doing everything we can to save for adoption right now. We are making conscious efforts to not spend money if we don’t have to. And yet, here we are. Money was taken from me, purchases were made, and now we have to spend more money to replace stolen items. How dare [enter name here] have the audacity to come onto my property. How dare [you] fell self-righteous enough to go through my things, and take what you want. How dare [you] be so self-centered and selfish to have no regard for anyone else but yourself and not realize the domino effect you may have on the very people you are stealing from.
And the kicker…there is nothing I can do.
So now I have to get a new driver’s license…so excited to go to the DMV. I have to go to another place to get a Social Security card…woot woot. Then cards have to be cancelled and we have to be issued new credit cards. Lastly, I get to place a freeze on my credit file so no one can open any sort of account under my social security number. Ugh this just sucks. And there is nothing I can do.
We are patiently waiting for a police officer to arrive so we can make a report. But with my experience, things like this do not get resolved. It just really really sucks. So much for our summer motto of “Don’t be a dick.”
So please, don’t assume anything and just be careful. Lock your door. Double check that your garages. And pray to God that jerks don’t happen to come across your house if you and when you do forget to close your garage. I’ve never been so mad.