After I dropped DD off this morning, I headed for Taco Bell headquarter (they contacted me and asked me to go in for a half hour survey). I was running late for my appointment and realized that I did not have enough gas in my car to make it there, so I stopped for gas. There was a problem with the machine, so I had to walk in to pay (which I almost never do). I was on my way to Taco Bell after that.
I arrived at Taco Bell headquarter and much to my horror, I noticed my wallet was gone. I remembered leaving it on my driver seat (after I took out some cash to pay for gas), and then I also remembered that I never locked my car door when I went inside to pay for the gas. I realized that someone must have taken my wallet out of my unlocked car and it was long gone. I called DH. I can't recall what I said, but I am sure that I sounded like a frantic lunatic. DH was very supportive and gave a bunch of suggestions on what I can do to resolve some problem that were immediately at hand. You see, since DD's birthday party is tomorrow, I took out quite a bit of cash to buy the party supplies today. So, I had no money to buy the stuff needed for DD's birthday party and I had a long list of things I needed to do to get DD's birthday party ready for tomorrow. Finally, after a lot of crying (on my part), I made my way back to the gas station to file a police report. I was sooo mad at myself. All I could think about was how stupid can a person be to leave her wallet in such a visible place inside a unlocked car. Apparently, I was that stupid.
I asked the cashier at the gas station if anyone has turned in a wallet (hoping for the best). When he said no, my heart just sank. I think that's when I began to cry again. "My whole life is in that wallet," I thought. Then, another gas station attendant walks in and said that someone did turn in a wallet just a few minutes ago. Well, I got my wallet back! Ok, all of the cash was gone. BUT I got my wallet back. I admit that it totally sucks someone took the money I was planning on using for DD's birthday party, but I am counting my lucky stars that I got my wallet (with my ID, credit cards, insurance cards, and atm card) back.
I am partly responsible for what happened to me today. I was in such a hurry I did not take the proper cautions that everyone should. I shouldn't have left my wallet in my car and I should not have left it unlocked even if I was only going to step away for a couple of minutes.
In the end, I got my wallet back. I consider losing the money as paying for a lesson. You can bet that I am never ever going to do that again!
After I got my wallet back, I called Taco Bell and apologized for missing the appointment. Their PR person was so lovely. She totally understood how upset I was and that I missed my appointment for a good reason. I was told to go back to the office and she was going to fit me in for the next open spot. I only had waited for 2 minutes once I arrived there and the survey (a taste test) only lasted for 5 minutes. I got paid $50 for it, so it was totally awesome. It did not cover all of the money that got stolen out of my wallet, but it is better than a sharp stick in the eye and I am still totally grateful to have my wallet back.
I spent the rest of the day running around like a mad woman trying to get everything ready for tomorrow's party, so if I haven't respond to your email yet, I apologize. Things are a bit chaotic right now.
I will post photos from the birthday party (finally founded my camera ^_^).