Saturday, August 25, 2007

my close encounter with bad guys

last week, hubby and i went on a movie date. we watched bourne ultimatum. what was supposed to be a happy night turned out to be a terrible one.

our date started fine, hubby and i ordered 2 burritos to go and planned on eating inside the cinema. when we got in, the cinema was not at all full, in fact, we were the only ones sitting on our row. i was seating by the aisle and hubby by my side of course. anyway, i was holding my bag on my lap, but when we were about to eat, i passed on my bag to my husband and he placed it on the empty seat on his right. it took us only a few minutes to eat our burritos, after which i asked for my bag back. hubby was surprised to see that the bag was in a different position than when he left it just a few minutes before. when he gave me my bag, he asked me to check its contents, i did.... my wallet was still inside, but my 2 cellphones were gone! my personal cellphone was a SE P990i and my other phone was a nokia 1110 which i use for my "loading" (prepaid reloading for smart and globe) sideline, it still had about P900 worth of load. my heart was already beating fast! we hoped that the phones just fell on the floor, so using hubby's phone we called the phones but BOTH were turned off already! that was when we knew we've been robbed, and the worse thing was it happened right under our noses! it happened so fast, i mean the bag was separated from me for only a few minutes!

hubby immediately looked at the row behind us and saw only an old man there, he asked the man but he said he didn't notice anything, and that no one was sitting there with him. this puzzled me since i am sure i saw and heard a couple sitting directly behind us before the movie started! hubby then reported the incident to the security but they refused to search the old man! they just logged our complaint and asked for our contact number... so far no news from them.

it is just so infuriating when i think about the fact that we were just sitting a couple of inches from the crooks who robbed us! the nerve! they must've taken my phones by tilting the seat from under, since hubby and the people sitting at the back would have noticed it if they took the phone by going over the backrest. grrr!!!!

now, i'm missing my pda/phone... sadly i can't afford to buy another... huhuhu...

plus i am also worried since everything about my life is in that phone: birthdays, contact numbers, sss/tin, account numbers, credit card numbers, everything!


here's my pic with my phone when i first got it... see how happy i was...

so long "p.nine". (yep, it had a name!)


13 comments:

Love Bears All Things said...

I kept thinking as I read this, why did they leave the wallet. I now realize they knew they would get more with the PDA. I'm so sorry this happened to you. I usually leave my bag at home when we go to the movies or else just take what I need and not my wallet.
Mama Bear

noemi said...

ugh how awful. These peope work really fast.Thanks for sharing your story. Am sure others learned from this incident.

noemi said...

ugh how awful. These peope work really fast.Thanks for sharing your story. Am sure others learned from this incident.

noemi said...

ugh how awful. These peope work really fast.Thanks for sharing your story. Am sure others learned from this incident.

noemi said...

ugh how awful. These peope work really fast.Thanks for sharing your story. Am sure others learned from this incident.

Heart of Rachel said...

Hi Karen. I'm so sorry to hear that. You know, there were a few times I placed my bag on an empty seat while eating. This is an eye-opener for me.

ccoa said...

Hi Karen. That's so upsetting. It happened to me before during our high school years so since then I never placed my bag to any vacant seat near me not even in a well-lit restaurant. I hope you were able to contact your bank about your accounts in there. We never know, these robbers are so tricky they would find a way to steal more.

I pray for your peace of mind. Don't worry, it happens to a lot of people :)

Lynn said...

Hi Karen! Came here through PMN. The bad guys are surely feasting with your SE P900i. It's a very efficient cell phone/PDA. I often put my bag on an empty seat when dining in fastfoods. I will refrain from doing so.

Julie said...

Karen, that was so awful. It happened to me too, when I watched a movie in Megamall with my daughter when she was just 6. Like you, I put my bag on the seat beside me and when I got it back after a few minutes, my wallet was gone. I got a call from Shangri-la Plaza the next day saying they got my wallet. Cash was gone, all ids intact as well as a check payment with my name.

Good thing you weren't hurt not threatened. Take care!

karen said...

hi guys! thanks for your kind words. this experience really jerked me into reality! we should always be alert and vigilant. also, i never realized that things like these do happen until it happened to me.

chateau said...

Hi Karen! Got here through PMN.

Aww, what an awful thing! These crooks earn a living doing what they do. From the time they wake up until they go to bed, yun lang nasa isip nila: how to steal. When I think of that, it makes me really vigilant in public places. I'm sure you learned a lot from this. Ouch nga lang. Take care out there :)

karen said...

thanks chateau! praning na nga ako eh, last night we went to the movies again, different mall nga lang, i was hugging my bag all throughout the movie! hehehe..

rowena said...

Hi Karen, that's an awful thing. Sorry to hear that. Same thing happened to me years ago at Aristocrat Restaurant, where I lost my bag to salisi gang pretending to be customers. In a matter of few seconds, my bag's gone from the chair beside me. To think I was with my hubby and a soldier-friend. I posted the story in my earlier posts.

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