We were out enjoying nature while our apartment was being robbed.
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May 11th, 2008 – by: cmgervais
Our next stop was Peach Beauty, the same place that cut my hair, for a nice treat: manicure/pedicures, and foot massages. As an extra bonus, there were some very cute puppies playing outside the door to keep me amused.
Then we came home to find the apartment gate wide open, and the apartment door unlocked. Odd! We walked in figuring the cleaning lady must be doing her thing. But she was nowhere to be found. Weird! And kind of eerie, too. We had a good look around and found that everything seemed to be in order…my MacBook Pro was on the table, my iPhone still next to it. Steve’s Dell station was in the living room. OK, no worries. We thought the cleaning lady must have come in, then run back out to get something and left the door open. She is maybe coming back.
We went to work on our computers and all was fine, but after awhile it was clear the maid wasn’t “coming back.” Steve said, How on earth could the door have been left open? What happened here? We debated what may have happened, prompting another search for things that might be missing… then I realized my purse was gone!
The car rental guy has my passport, so that’s safe.
About two hours later I had a startling realization … my traveler’s checks! I had moved them from my backpack’s “secret pocket” to my purse when we went on the Phi Phi island excursion. Steve had the check receipts, so I called American Express.
The lady asked me a series of questions, including… Were the checks signed? No, they were not signed. Were they supposed to be signed? The bank didn’t tell me that I needed to sign them, and I don’t use these things normally… I just needed lots of cash on this trip to pay for the apartments we’ve been renting. Apartment owners don’t take credit cards.
The Amex lady told me (with no small amount of satisfaction and pleasure) that my “claim could not be honored” since the checks hadn’t been signed. These checks are basically bearer bonds. Whoever has them can just sign them and they are his. Or hers. I may as well have been carrying cash.
The checks cost me $4000 and now that money is gone. This is a tough thing. I keep telling myself, Well at least my computer and cameras are safe. But it’s not working. I feel sick and sad and mad at myself and the world.
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