Hawaii at sunset (photo by Ted Trimmer).
Sometime in the early 1990s, I had an awful experience. This is what happened:
After buying groceries at a shopping center near my residence, I transferred the food from the shopping cart to my trunk, closed the trunk, and drove home. When I parked my car, I discovered my purse was missing. Since my house key was in my purse, I could not open the door. So I returned to the shopping center, looked in vain for my purse in the carts, and then visited the customer service counters of Kmart and Sack n Save. No one had seen my purse.
Meanwhile, my frozen groceries were melting!
Desperate, I drove to church, where David and the children were sitting, got his house key, went home and put the groceries into the fridge. Then, I turned on the answering machine and heard a message. A man said his wife had found my purse in a cart and had brought it home. He told me to call him. Apparently, he had seen my phone number on my checks.
Aargh! Why hadn’t his wife taken my purse to the customer service counter, instead? (I didn’t tell him that.)
Anyway, long story short, I met the man at a gas station and got my purse back after offering him a $10 reward, which he declined. (He also kissed my cheek!)
Point of the story: If you find someone’s purse, take it to the customer service department of the store, because most owners would check there first. Besides, without a house key, how would the owner hear your message on the answering machine?