My friend Mary just called to tell me her purse was stolen. She said, “My whole life was in there! It had my driver’s license, all my individual store credit cards, my Social Security card, check book with checks, debit card, health insurance cards, and you name it, it was in that purse.
“OMG, how did it happen?” I asked. And there was a fascinating story for an answer. It went like this:
My friend Mary was shopping at the local supermarket and stopped to look through the greeting cards. A young woman came up beside her and pulled out a Get Well card. “Do you think this would be a good one for a sick friend?” she asked. “Sure, it’s very cheerful, so that would be a lovely card to send,” said Mary.
Mary found the card she wanted and was moving on when the girl called her back. “What about this one?” she asked, “Do you think my friend would like this better? She’s not really sick, but recovering from surgery.” So, momentarily leaving her purse in the shopping cart, Mary meandered back, looked at the card, and agreed it would work as well. She had an odd feeling about the young woman, but was happy to help, engaged in a little more polite conversation, and then headed on to the next aisle.
Suddenly Mary realized her handbag was missing. “I must have left it in the car,” she thought. So she went out to check but it was not there. Now it occurred to her that while the young woman had created a distraction over the cards, an unseen partner in crime had undoubtedly grabbed Mary’s purse and fled!
There is more to this story to be told in another post.
The young woman and an accomplice did manage to steal Mary’s purse.
Are you as shocked as I was? I kept thinking of all the problems I would face if my purse were stolen.
And I feel so badly for Mary, who is a trusting, loving soul.
What do you carry in your purse?
Is your life in there too?
Have the perpetrators been arrested?
To be continued……