Purse Snatchers

by Lesley on August 2, 2008 · 12 comments

in make-you-think

I’ve been scolded twice in the last two weeks for the same offense. I left my purse unattended. First it was in Ross. I accidentally left it for a moment while slipping on a pair of sandals one aisle over. I think I was maybe 10 feet away and had my eye on it. A lady stopped me and hissed, “IS THAT YOUR PURSE?!?!” (Look of disgust). “Yes,” I reply hesitantly. “NEVER, EVER leave it unattended. You’re just asking for it to be stolen.” I think I turned bright red. “Um, thanks. OK. Yeah, it was an accident….”

Then, the other night at Safeway, I parked my cart at the check-out. All of a sudden I realize I need butter! I dart down the closest aisle, grab it, and run back. I’m gone for 15 seconds. The cashier says, “Excuse me– but never, ever do that again. Do you expect me to watch your purse for you when you run off like that?”

I wasn’t sure what to say. I’ve never had people yell at me for being dumb. But was I being dumb? Am I way too naive? I know people snatch things but I guess I assume that happens in places like Rome. Or New York City. Or… Inglewood. But my little unassuming Safeway?

I guess I’m a suburbia girl in transition…

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Trent and Katie
Trent and Katie

I agree that scolding strangers is just plain not OK. But then I remembered how I scolded a French man in the airport for trying to cut. It was hilarious- I think Trent had started rubbing off on me. Also, my first day in Mozambique, I left my purse at the restaurant and when I realized and jogged back and grabbed it casually, I got the strangest looks from the missionaries living there. "You just left your purse???" So yes, I totally feel you on this whole purse thing. Granted, purses often are stolen at knife-point where I was but hey, we are OC girls at heart:)

Katie
Katie

I agree that scolding strangers is just plain not OK. But then I remembered how I scolded a French man in the airport for trying to cut. It was hilarious- I think Trent had started rubbing off on me. Also, my first day in Mozambique, I left my purse at the restaurant and when I realized and jogged back and grabbed it casually, I got the strangest looks from the missionaries living there. "You just left your purse???" So yes, I totally feel you on this whole purse thing. Granted, purses often are stolen at knife-point where I was but hey, we are OC girls at heart:)

Lesley Miller
Lesley Miller

Okay, thank you for all making me feel better. It's confirmed that I should be more careful with my purse BUT it's not nice to scold strangers. Phew.

lori
lori

i just left my purse on the floor next to my chair in a coffee shop while I went to the bathroom. No one noticed, No one cared.

lori lester
lori lester

i just left my purse on the floor next to my chair in a coffee shop while I went to the bathroom. No one noticed, No one cared.

SportsFan's Daughter
SportsFan's Daughter

The good news about Sacramento: You can put up garage sale signs wherever you want and no one will take them down or yell at you for your aesthetic trespass. The bad news about Sacramento: your purse might get snatched. You could always consider a more convenient option like a fannypack or a mini backpack...

*corinne
*corinne

whether risky or not, i kinda can't stand when people mind other people's business and admonish them. don't boss me around! ;)

lori
lori

i always leave my purse places and think nothing of it...i don't know if its suburban life or southern california or what but one day one of us will probably learn the hard way. Until then here's to trusting people buying groceries and reduced priced clothing.

lori lester
lori lester

i always leave my purse places and think nothing of it...i don't know if its suburban life or southern california or what but one day one of us will probably learn the hard way. Until then here's to trusting people buying groceries and reduced priced clothing.

Tawny
Tawny

Oh honey, you are in Sacramento!!! It's in the Central Valley Corredor where your purse must be super glued to your shoulder at all times. People can and will take advantage in a split sceond. I have hundreds of stories. And I did not know it was so bad until I got to quiet, peaceful Redding, and people eye me suspiciously and ask, "Are you going somewhere???" because I always look ready to go :)