Stolen Wallet

by astanhaus

Amateur mistake. I left my purse to save my table at the cafe, while I made a quick trip to the bathroom. What is it about coffee? It just goes right through me! When I came back, my purse was gone AND my table was already taken!

Congrats, me! I now know what to do when I have my purse stolen.

1. Visit the po-po. The police are here to help—just like at all those house parties of my youth. But actually.

2. Call my credit card company to cancel my card. The process was made easier by my plastic bag of recent receipts, showing my recent purchases/lack thereof.

(click on the bold-faced vocab words:))

3. Call my bank. I wasn’t too worried about my debit card, as the hoodlum did not know my PIN. But I did change everything anyway. And updated my information for my automatic payments.

4.  Replace all other items. I waited a bit, in case the po-po found the culprit. No such luck… But, I now have an extra fierce Driver’s License photo. Oh, hey, bouncer!

I will NEVER let my purse out of my sight ever again.

But, if lightning strikes twice, I created a list of everything in my wallet and noted the corresponding phone numbers and password hints.


(Originally published on Amanda Stanhaus’s financial literacy blog: XO, Bettie.)