Ladies......mind your purses while shopping ......please

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca BRE LIC #636943

It has come to my attention lately when I am out shopping anywhere that I see more and more women leaving their purses unattended. Some have an awareness of this, but quickly lose it when they find an item of interest while shopping. Others have no clue believing that the store offers security and they may shop with confidence....

I have not only seen purses neglected in shopping carts, but open with wallets right there on the surface. Often I point this out to people. Reactions and comments received back as follows....

  • I am watching it...
  • I know....
  • The mind your own business stare....
  • smiles
  • The why are you so interested in my purse "look"
  • The clutching of the purse right after I said something

I do not recall too many.... if any thank-yous. Now, why is that I wonder.....? Have I done something wrong...? Am I resented for pointing out your lapse of awareness....Do you not like being told what to do..? Should I mind my own business here....? I am having trouble reading this.

When a wallet or purse gets stolen, it is stressful for everyone. Even the store is embarrassed and cannot do much after the fact....Perhaps some suggestions are in order before hand...

1. Carry a shoulder purse. Where you go it goes....

2. Carry a pocket purse on your person just for ID and payment purposes. Nothing too big

3. If you use the cart, it goes with you right up to the product.

4. Your hand on the purse when you are pursuing an item...

Lastly, many years ago, someone pointed out that you should take the time to photocopy all credit cards, driver licenses and anything else in you purse or wallet of value in the event you lose it. Then, you can waste no time in calling in and replacing these items..

 

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Rainmaker
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Lindsey Hasford
Coldwell Banker Vision - Elk River, MN

That's funny. I can imagine how I'd respond to someone saying something. Interesting to think about.

Oct 06, 2010 09:55 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar Author PEARLS SERIES of books
People first then business! Ran Right Realty Riverside, Ca - Riverside, CA
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Lindsey...thank you for considering it....There were times that I said nothing too.....One cannot help but wonder what happened (if anything).... Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.....?

Oct 06, 2010 10:00 AM #2
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Kristen Wheatley
The Maine Real Estate Network - Auburn, ME
Lewiston/Auburn Maine Real Estate Agent

Great point Richie.  People here are quite trusting and you do see this a lot as well.  It never hurts to be careful and avoid a problem.  I am surprised that you are not getting more "thank yous" though.  Someone had told me the tip about photocopying your cards as well and I had never thought about it before.  I have a copy of mine I keep at home just in case.  If you quizzed me on what is in my wallet, especially under the stress of just having it stolen, I know I would fail.

-Don't forget to copy the backs of the cards as well since that is where the #'s are to call if it is stolen. :)

Oct 06, 2010 10:06 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Kristen..Most excellent piggy-back on the post.....good stuff & thanks.....

Oct 06, 2010 10:13 AM #4
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Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Richie ~ My son was in law enforcement and is always getting after me about setting my open purse in my cart with my wallet screaming "take me, take me"!  Kristen is spot on about copying the back of the cards as well.  It only takes a few minutes and is well worth the time.  Nice post, thank you, sir.

Oct 06, 2010 10:28 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Thank you too for the real life story Tish. When I make the "open purse" observation....I can hear words like...that ones gone or there goes another one...... Kristen rules...I agree and.... you are the best for stopping by......

Oct 06, 2010 11:14 AM #6
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Paul Lesieur
203kloanmn - North Oaks, MN

I tell this to my wife a lot, she is getting better at walking away from the cart to get something now.

Oct 06, 2010 11:22 AM #7
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Cara Marcelle Mancuso
Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ - Tucson, AZ
Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE!

Looooong ago I was a bartender in Green Bay, WI and all the ladies just left their purses behind to go dancing, song after song.  We actually heard of very few thefts.  Probably wouldn't hold true today - it's not worth it to chance.  Thanks for the post.

Oct 06, 2010 11:38 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Paul....the husband wife dynamic is another post that is probably as long as the Constitution and even harder to read.....But forward progress noted.....Paul

 

Cara....I 'll have a cold one...no glass (kidding). One cant help but wonder between the drinks and the dancing.....neither thief or victim was able to perform...... thank you too

Oct 06, 2010 11:47 AM #9
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Debbie Gartner
Floor Coverings International - Westchester NY & Stamford CT - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl - Westchester hardwood flooring

Having grown up in NY, I try to pay extra attention to this.  I few times I've caught myself being really stupid and I really get mad at myself.  A long time ago when I was a teenager abroad in France I had my wallet stone first day (i was carrying too much stuff) and even though I only lost $100 it was a most stressful process as credit carda and other stuff stolen and next to impossible to get through to US to cancel everything and I couldn't really understand French.  It was kind of traumatic, so I really don't want this to happen again.

Oct 06, 2010 11:52 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Debbie....wow...your comment is a word to the wise if there ever was one. Tales from real life is as good as it gets and after this.....school of hard knocks.....thanks Debbie....

Oct 06, 2010 12:09 PM #11
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Ernie Steele
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Homesale Realty - Lebanon, PA
Lebanon, PA Real Estate 717-273-3774

Richie, if I was a thief I probably could have walked off with 3 purses when I went grocery shopping last Thursday (are you supposed to capitalize days of the week?)...Unbelievable actually and it would be so easy...Enjoy the day.

Oct 06, 2010 02:46 PM #12
Rainmaker
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Ernie....since you brought it up, I could have a retirement income...steady I might add it Darth Vader ever got a hold of me.....Yes on capitalization of the days of the week.....best Ernie

Oct 06, 2010 05:01 PM #13
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