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New York, One Hell of a Town

I’ve lived in New York off and on for almost 11 years and I’m very lucky in that I’ve never been mugged, maimed, or had someone break into my apartment. However, today I had someone steal something from me for the first time. I was getting off the bus and trying to negotiate several bags. Somehow I left my backpack behind (I thought it was on my shoulder, but that was a different bag). When I caught up with the bus two stops later, folks said that “A lady” had given it to “That man” and he went off with it. I had hoped that the man took it because he realized it was mine and would return it. Alas, after repeatedly calling my cell phone and eventually having calls go straight to voicemail, I must assume that he is planning to keep my bag.

Not only do I feel completely stupid for having made such a mistake, I’m completely angry that he’s not going to return my phone. He can’t use it (Verizon just cut it off), he doesn’t have the power cord so eventually it’ll run out of power, and he can’t resell it for activation because Verizon knows it’s been stolen. I know some people are just stupid that way, but damn.

Anyway, I lost my cell phone, my new digital camera, both of my SD memory cards, my favorite pen, and my inhaler. Can’t afford to replace either the phone or the camera, I have no clue if I’ll be able to get a new inhaler (I don’t have insurance and lately have been lucky enough to score one off of people who no longer need them), and I’m so upset I’m sick to my stomach.

This is a very long and roundabout way of saying that the carnival might be late.

ETA: and, oh look, my MP3 player is dead. Universe, is there something you’re attempting to tell me?

11 thoughts on “New York, One Hell of a Town”

  1. Revena says:

    Oh geez, that’s awful. The loss of personal effects is upsetting enough (I dunno about you, but I get pretty attached to my bags…), but expensive electronics – argh. :-(

  2. Andrew says:

    Awww man, ABW :(

    I live in NYC too, so I know where you’re coming from.

  3. profacero says:

    Condolences – what a pain!!!

  4. Yonmei says:

    Oh, I’m so sorry. Especially about the digital camera – mine was stolen not long ago, and though it was at the end of a holiday and covered by my travel insurance (so I could replace it) it was still a hell of a blow.

    It sucks to be stolen from, even when what goes is not important. When what goes is important, and the person who stole it must have known that, it’s even worse.

  5. LivG says:

    I am so sorry. I lived in Philadelphia and was broken into several times. I know how it feels. It stinks and the sick feeling turns to anger eventually. Don’t blame yourself. It makes me sick that a person cannot forget something and there are not many people with the deceny to return them to you, knowing darn well the items do not belong to them. Stealing doesn’t even seem to be a bad thing to some folks.

    If I run into into anything to help you replace yours I will let you know.


  6. mhayinde says:

    I’m sorry to hear about this. I can’t believe your stuff was taken so quickly. I’ve been to New York several times and love it there – I guess crimes like these can happen in any big city.

  7. angrychildoftheangryblackwoman says:


    i’m so sorry to hear that that happened to you. it seems that some people are heartless a**holes and they don’t care about anyone but themselves. but why would someone give the bag to “dumba**” in the first place?(she was the brightest in her class)

    Anyway! i feel for you and i know that the “Friendship Committee for a Better Kim” would like to have a meeting regarding the recent events and we’ll let you know what outcome will be in a letter. should you have any questions, please contact the president at 614-EAS-HIGH

  8. pllogan says:

    I’m sorry that happened.

  9. fatguy24 says:

    What happened to you definitely sucks but look at it this way, you will know better next time. You knew to get the bags but you probably should have checked before you got off the bus. Can’t trust anyone in New York, so you always have to be on your guard.

  10. Nora says:

    ::ehugs:: I’m just moving to NYC, but I feel your pain — I got hubcaps, batteries, radio antennas (my car was a piece of shit, but they seemed to really love it), and clothes stolen in Boston. People are indeed assholes, and there’s nothing you can do but be zen about it. They’ll get back everything they’ve done to others, someday. And you’ll get back everything that was taken from you, one way or another.

  11. BetaCandy says:

    I’m a little hate here, but damn, that sucks. >:(

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