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From: lendube
Date: 07-11-2007, 10:31 PM (1 of 15)
Spent the day doing big errands and shoppings. Don't mind but had a scary experience.

As I drove away from Target and was about 2 miles down the road I realized my purse wasn't on the seat beside me as it always is. :shock: I checked behind where I put it when someone's in the car with me and still no purse!

I drove my butt back to Target. Saw the shopping cart I used, no purse. Okay, that I understand, and high tailed it into the store nervous as can be.

I asked in two places and got a "no". I then spotted it right next to the kid who had two seconds ago said, "No, no one's turned in a purse." I wanted to smack him!

I was so shaken that I had to go to JoAnn's when I hadn't even planned on going at all!

I felt better.

Oh, the reason Target's shopping cart is stupid? They're red and what color is my purse?? Red........No wonder I missed it.

My life is in that purse, never mind the whole $23.00!

User: lendube
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From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 07-11-2007, 10:47 PM (2 of 15)
I'm glad you got your purse back. I did that once, we went to Pizza Hut one time and before we left I ran to the bathroom. After we left we headed over to Walmart to do a little shopping and ended up trying on coats and such. I noticed I didn't have my purse and started freaking out. I made my husband rush back to pizza hut checked where we was sitting and nothing, went to the bathroom and nothing. All I could do was panic lol. Went back to Walmart went straight to the coat rack and what do you think I found? Yep you guessed it, my purse was right where I had left it before I tried the coats on, right on the lower part of the clothes rack.
Since then my purse has been glued to either my hand or my shoulder lol.
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From: Bama
Date: 07-11-2007, 11:19 PM (3 of 15)
I'm glad you found your purse. I would have been freaking out and looking for credit card #s to report them lost :bolt: I always keep my purse on my shoulder because of things like that. I still always check to see if I have it in the right spot when we get back into the car too. It drives me nuts to see women out shopping that leave their purse in the cart and walk away from it. My kids say I have OCD. I also like to be the last one out of the house to make sure it's locked up correctly. :yawn:
My main set of car keys have been missing for nearly a week now. The set that has the button thingy for locking/unlocking the doors and popping the trunk. I'm convinced that someone else has misplaced them. (namely my 18yo) I ALWAYS put them back in the same place when I get home. They are not there now. My son admitted that he might have had them last, but he can't remember. It's driving me nuts and I'm really getting tired of having to unlock the door with the key. Can't "pop" the trunk anymore while pushing the shopping cart either. I hope they turn up soon. It's hard to take my MIL anywhere without being able to click the door unlocked before I get her to the car.

BTW Lennie, what did you say to the kid who hadn't seen your purse? :mad:
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From: Bama
Date: 07-11-2007, 11:24 PM (4 of 15)
I just remembered what happened to a co worker last year. She pulled out of the parking lot with her purse on top of her car. A couple of people were waving to her as she pulled out and she just waved back thinking they were saying bye. :re: Finally someone ran back to the office to get her cell phone # and called her. She said she wondered why everyone that was driving past her was waving frantically. The purse was still on top of her car several miles down the road.
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From: PaulineG
Date: 07-12-2007, 06:31 AM (5 of 15)
Glad you got it back Lennie - so what did you buy for retail therapy?

I can't quite get used to the US purse. To me a purse is a small wallet like item but for women only. Men have wallets, women have purses. The big ones that you hang off your shoulder are handbags.

BTW - my handbag is also red. It's the first and only one (in my nearly 40 years) that I've ever fallen in love with - before it was a procession of fairly dull but functional black things.

My life is in that purse, never mind the whole $23.00!


There's a good thread waiting to happen here - I'll start a new one off.
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From: esrun3
Date: 07-12-2007, 09:23 AM (6 of 15)
Oh Lennie, what an awful day-hope you got some great stuff with your retail therapy! I can't imagine what I'd do if I lost my wallet -you're right, we carry our lives in those purses!
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From: lendube
Date: 07-12-2007, 12:29 PM (7 of 15)
I left mine on top of the car far from home years ago. Never did get it back. I put a claim in to homeowner's insurance and they paid. I only did that because of the prescription glasses that were in there.

Ah, my therapy. I ended up with 4 yards of red gauzy stuff (on sale for $2.79 per yd.) for a summer wrap dress that I hope to start today. (The last one I made I ended up giving to dd after it came out way too small for me. I still had to cut it down for her. She loved it, btw.) Oh, I just realized how the new one's going to clash with my handbag! Yikes. (Handbag is perfectly acceptable here too. It's just a very old fashioned term at least in the West.)

I also bought a beautiful (but pet friendly) upholstery fabric for a window seat for the new bay window we just installed. That should be an experience. I've never done that before. I got the foam and a matching zipper.

User: lendube
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From: material_pakrat
Date: 07-12-2007, 09:45 PM (8 of 15)
I'm with you Pauline. A purse is what you keep your money in in your bag. But at the same time, if I tell my kids to grab my purse, they know well enough to hand me the bag, and not go rummaging through it. :bg:

I lost my wallet once, and it was a nightmare. I'd left it on top of the car and drove off. Lucky for me, the people who found it handed it in. But it didn't have the $20 left in it when I got it back. But that was back in the student days when $20 was my weeks grocery money, and a credit card was one of those things I dreamed about.

If I lost it now, I think I would end up in a mental institution after having a nervous breakdown. That's why the majority of the time I will have a big handbag that you know your missing, or a sling bag, that goes over the shoulder and neck. So far I haven't lost eitherof them. Touch wood of course.
Cheers, Soph.

I'm happiest when I am sewing!
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From: bridesmom
Date: 07-19-2007, 10:43 AM (9 of 15)
You know what amazes me, how many women go shopping and leave their open purse in their grocery cart, and wander off down the aisle to pick up something. I can't count the number of times I have wanted to just pick out their wallet, then walk down and hand it to them to prove a point. I do put my purse into the cart, but it's always zipped closed, and I hang onto the handle. I remember watching a tv program here about how many wallets were stolen exactly that way, by someone who just left their purse open, and were standing right by their cart, looking at the cans, and someone would walk by, pick out the wallet and keep going.
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From: plrlegal
Date: 07-19-2007, 12:04 PM (10 of 15)
Even more astonishing to me than the open handbag in a shopping cart are the number of women who leave an infant or a toddler in their cart and go wandering off down the aisle never thinking that someone could simply pick that toddler or infant up and walk right out of the store with it. :re:

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From: Sancin
Date: 07-19-2007, 06:28 PM (11 of 15)
Laura - I know what you mean about leaving purses in the shopping carts. I don't leave mine there either open or not. One day a man was talking to a friend and his wife's purse was in the cart - she was? He had his back to the cart. I told him to be careful and he was really startled and stated he had never thought of it. I later heard him brerating his wife when she came back.

Patsy, also agree with children. They are at the right height to pick anything off a shelf and get into things. I saw a child one day playing with a straw. Just weeks before that a friends child bent her head into a glass with a straw and it stuck in her eye. :shock:

Purses aren't the only thing that go missing. When my mother was starting to develop dementia I had her shopping with me. I stopped to try on a jacket and told her to stand still. I looked in the mirror and she was gone - as was my coat. I wandered all over the store and finally found her looking for lost and found because she had found someone's coat (mine). :sick:
*~*~*~* Nancy*~*~*~* " I try to take one day at a time - but sometimes several days attack me at once."
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From: bridesmom
Date: 07-19-2007, 11:55 PM (12 of 15)
My supervisor was telling me today that on the weekend she was at the beach and this couple had 3 kids with them, 3,18months, 5months. They left the kids playing in the sand, baby in a car seat while they went swimming! She stayed pretty close by just watching the kids, she said she was pretty shocked. Then after they came out and they were packing up, the toddler had a frisbee and was trying to throw it to the 18month old. It went into the ocean, and the little one tried to go get it, course when she got to the water's she fell right in face first. My supervisor was watching and saw the parents weren't even watching the youngster, she got up and ran into the water, and she said the little one was under the water, just laying there. She grabbed her, and the child started to cry. She couldn't believe her eyes. The mom, just came over and said thanks, and walked away. My super was totally flabbergasted!
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From: MartySews2
Date: 07-20-2007, 06:32 PM (13 of 15)
Years ago, I left my purse under the seat when I carried in some groceries. At the time, I had asked my DD to bring it in. Later, I asked her where she had put it and she admitted that she had left it in the car. Now, the car was in the driveway up next to the house. When I went to retrieve my purse, the car window was broken and my purse was gone. In it was my engagement ring that had belonged to my DH's grandmother. Some police officers brought the purse back to me as they had chased the thief and he had thrown it down. Well, when I looked inside, my money was gone as was my engagement ring. :mad: It just broke my heart.
Needless to say, I cling tightly to my purse when out in public.
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From: lendube
Date: 07-20-2007, 07:11 PM (14 of 15)
Okay, how about addressing dh's and how oblivious they are to the importance of a handbag.

A few years ago dh and I were in a fast food restaurant. I left my purse right next to him not thinking I had to ask him to watch it (it was RIGHT THERE) when I came out of the bathroom dh was at the counter getting the food and my purse was sitting there at the table all by itself (luckily!) I couldn't believe it and I told him. I've teased him plenty about it since and haven't left him "in charge" of it since either. Maybe he just didn't want to be seen carrying a purse, who knows? :nc:

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From: Magot
Date: 07-21-2007, 08:00 AM (15 of 15)
Scarey about the kids at the beach Laura. We always took it in turns to swin/watch the kids/snooze etc. When tehy were older and down playing by the waters edge (13 and 10!) Tony used to take a pair of binoculars with him (for the 20ft away) to keep an eye on them. One time when we were in France he suddenly rapidly put them away as he realised we were on a topless beach and didn't want to be arrested! Katie (13) hadn't noticed it was a topless beach - just thought they were a lot of men about...where we were the French women were remarkably skinny..

I had my handbag stolen fromt he car when I was visiting the American cemetery in Madingly. We reported it to the police straight away and then Tony took me down the pub to cheer me up. Unknown to us the police called at the house as they had recovered my handbag and wanted me to make a statement. They had a bloke they suspected of working three areas and were just waiting for a tip off to rad his house. They found him in the back garden about to burn the cards on a bonfire. He had a keyring of 200 car keys and just went for the cash. He was given a 3 mointh suspended sentence and asked for 33 other offenses to be takien into account. I got everything back the next day! Amazin' - but I still felt grubby from having been burgled.
love and kisses, Jan
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