with Carrie Powers

Happy New Year To My Garbage Thief

Happy New Year To My Garbage Thief

I have a bad habit of leaving my car unlocked at night. It’s parked in my driveway so I get lazy about locking the doors. I learned my lesson this morning. When I opened the car door to take Paige to school I noticed someone had taken all the items out of the center console and the glove box was open. After careful scrutiny by Paige and myself, we concluded that the thieves walked away with some empty water bottles, a Christian book on CD, and some other random items.

I have no cash in my car.

They did not take the Dutch Bros stamp card?!! (None coffee drinker apparently). #dutchlover

They did take Logan’s broken bike that was left by the side of the house. Gary and I were discussing whether it was worth fixing or not. We had decided to throw it away since the bike was not expensive when it was new.

Basically the thief walked away with our garbage. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. #garbagestealer #theresmorewerethatcamefrom

The funny thing is the bike was found next to the large garbage container at the end of our street. The thief apparently realized rather quickly that the bike was broken.

Now before you make a rash judgement regarding the dangers of living in California let me remind you that in 1998 we had the tires stolen off our Toyota truck in Great Falls, MT when it was parked in front of our house! Bad things happen everywhere.

It is a good reminder for me to lock my car. It is also a good reminder as we dive into 2016, there are many people in great need. There are many people who do not have enough to eat, and who are desperate enough to take the trash out of my car in hopes of finding something of value. It is easy to forget that people do desperate things because people are in desperate situations.

Let’s remember today to be kind to each other. Not everyone is having a “Happy New Year.”



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