Just read this post from Tara about her license plates getting stolen.
I have decided that things being stolen or people being "bamboozled" is something that I have just ZERO patience with. And I want you all to help me feel better.
When someone steals something or takes something or takes advantage of someone, it is wrong on so many levels. Not only have you deprived them financially, you have then cost them TIME (which for many people is even more precious than money.)
Our bike, as I talked about in this previous post was recently stolen. This made me so angry that I couldn't sleep! The biggest frustration to me was that NO ONE locks their bikes around here. I mean, NO ONE! Bikes just don't get stolen. Do they? We also were tricked by a tour guide in Ephesus. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe I misunderstood that it was 60lira TOTAL instead of 60lira per hour. But if I must be honest with myself, I think that is just naive. The guy KNEW what he was doing. And the cab driver who stole $110TL from Ryan in Istanbul! Disgusting!
And as for bikes? Well apparently, they do just get stolen on a Base with more security than the Pentagon. We called the police department on Base who informed us that they have found bikes being resold in the Alley outside of Base. They are often thrown over a fence surrounding the Base in a spot where there isn't a snyper hanging out in a hidden spot and then picked up and resold. No doubt this is what happend to our bike. The Base is too small for someone to attempt to just steal it and use it ON the Base. I know I will never see it again.
I, too, Joy, tried to think positively at first. Maybe it was just a misunderstanding. Maybe they relocated it. I even asked one of the officers is this was standard practice. It was not. It was just plain stolen.
It is always so hard for me to believe that someone can purposely take advantage of someone else. I remember a previous post on Tara's blog about how she and her fiancee' cut their "vacation" in India short because of the constant "being taken advantage of." Being abused for your kindness (or failure to think something bad COULD happen) is just plain stinky! Tara, I would leave early too. There is nothing worse than feeling this way even once on a trip. But constantly? I would be going out of my mind!
I feel for old people who lose their savings to people who "bamboozle" them. How do these people live with themselves? I think I am more forgiving of nearly every other sin known to man than that of stealing, unlawfully persuading, and taking advantage of someone. Con-artists, you better watch out for me!
My parents have been robbed twice in their lifetime. The second time, the man had the audacity to rifle through my dad's pants pockets NEXT to his bed. My dad woke up, found him, and then chased him down the street.
What the cab driver did to Ryan and our tour guide did to us on our past trips is inexcusable! Ugh! And, I pity the cab driver who ever tries that on me or someone else in my party again.
So, I thought we could all make each other feel better by helping each other realize that we are not the only ones who have been stolen from, tricked, conned etc. Would you help ME feel better and help Tara feel better by sharing your story?