23 February 2011

Out clubbing

Photo courtesy of emynd and bo bliz

"Out Clubbing" has taken on a whole new meaning. Kay has just contacted me to say she was out last night celebrating a friend's 21st birthday at a club. At one stage she looked down at her handbag slung over her shoulder and saw it was slightly open. Initially, she thought she might have not have shut it properly when she paid for drinks. It was only much later that she discovered she and two of her companions had been robbed of their mobile phones. The club was full to bursting so people were bumping into one another all the time... an ideal situation for the pickpockets. Not only that, but when she rang the mobile company today to alert them and freeze her account, she discovered £28-worth of international calls had been made shortly after it had been stolen. She has now reported the theft to the police and is on her way out to buy a new one, after all, someone who has used the phone to make international calls is hardly likely to hand it in. What a vile world we live in.

14 comments:

detached from duty said...

It is a disgrace that in society folks who are law abiding can't go out and have a good time without an incident like this occurring.

Kay L. Davies said...

That's just awful. I don't suppose your Kay has decided not to go clubbing again? Some jackets contain inner pockets for phones, identification cards, and money, but jackets aren't all that much fun for dancing.
Entrepreneurial idea for the UK - skirts with inner pockets, perhaps in the waistband. I can't sew, so I can't take the idea past the initial "aha" moment.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Nechtan said...

Scumbags. Sorry to hear about that but seems to be the way of things nowadays. Interesting that the calls were International.

All the best

Nechtan

Eliza said...

Poor Kay, it's not just the loss of property but that someone has been through your personal possesions. 

ChrisB said...

So sorry for Kay. It's a horrible feeling. My daughter who lives in London has had this happen on three occasions and in different scenarios - once they came through the front lounge window which was open a little on a hot day, took the bag and climbed back out again. Daughter and friends were in the kitchen at the time...

DogLover said...

Careless of the pickpocket to leave the bag open ... It will be virtually impossible to catch the thief. I hope the phone wasn't one of these all-speaking all-dancing ones.

One idea would be to buy a second cheap phone and to take out the Sim card with all its valuable information and keep it and the phone in two of the hidden pockets recommended by Kay L Davies. Or maybe wear a "money belt" when out in public?

A rotten thing to happen, but a good lesson for Kay's adult life.

Flowerpot said...

That is such a shame - don't expect she'll want to go back tehre, will she? Good idea about putting phone in inner pockets though... Poor Kay she must be very shaken. And/or furious.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

It really maddens me that some low-life think they are entitled to just take whatever they want and to hell with the consequences. I hope Kay wasn't too upset over this despicable incident and continues to enjoy her nights "out clubbing" whenever she gets the opportunity.

sensibilia said...

I heard today about a business contact's daughter, the same age as Kay, who had her travel bag stolen from the overhead rack on the train. Inside was her treasured "comfort rabbit" she'd had since a little girl. So upsetting. Some people are just completely without a scruple.

Spencer Park said...

Sometimes it truly is a vile world.

A long time ago when I was out clubbing someone stole my ex's handbag whilst we were dancing (it was on the dance floor with us).

It left a bad taste in our mouths for a long time!

Working Mum said...

How horrid for her.

I hope she can keep it in perspective and remember that 99% of people are good; they just get overshadowed by the 1% who are bad.

Nick Thomas said...

Oh to be young again!

Cadan Henry said...

Just found your blog. The premise is a good one to an all too common problem. All my best.

Cadan

Going to the Dogs said...

Poor Kay. I wonder just where those calls were made to?? Here in South Africa, bags and phones get snatched out of your car at traffic lights stop streets! We are advised to drive with our windows about 1cm open because it makes it harder to smash..and a lot of us have tinted windows for the same reason. I never travel anywhere without a tazer. I chose one that looks like a cell phone, so that when they hold me up and demand my phone, they will think it is a phone that I am passing to them! My car is also fitted with a silent alarm button for hijacking incidents. Some people keep a spare phone in the boot of their car so that if the hijackers lock them in the boot, they can call for help. Reading the other comments makes me realise how much we just take crime for granted here!