November 30, 2006

Kick-off to the Holiday Season!

Merry Christmas, cruel world! Some punks broke into our apartment complex garage last night and messed up my car. Stupid me left my car unlocked and they stole my gate opener, a CD player, and were kind enough to jam up my ignition so badly that I can't start my car now and need to get it towed to a repair place (no, insurance won't cover a red cent of this).

The damage is bad enough that I can't drive my car. But since I'm apartment manger I also have to deal with reprogramming everyone's gate openers, getting the broken security gate repaired, and allaying any fears tenants may have about the safety of our apartment complex (sorry folks, you live in L.A. Deal with it.) I'm thinking of instituting a lookout program where I assign each tenant to a few hours to camp out in the garage with a shot gun and a Doberman. Or we could put live traps in the garage and catch the thieves like raccoons using Snow Patrol CDs as bait. Or perhaps have vats of boiling oil over the gates that are tipped if anyone forces the door. Or just nothing. Its happened before, it will happen again.

The police officer who came by let me know that Christmas is the theftiest time of the year because everyone has presents stashed in their cars. He advised me to just keep everything inside my car out of sight to deter thieves. I gave him a nod with that "yeah, right, can't you see I'm a mom" look. Somehow I thought maybe a thief would be deterred by the carseat in the back, the ultrasound photo on the front seat, and the mess of crayons all over. But I guess thieves aren't known for their compassion for pregnant moms. But I'll "tsk tsk" them anyway and say they should have known better.

Don't you just love the holidays?

8 comments:

rainey said...

tough break sar. i like the doberman idea. Maybe one with three heads like on harry potter.

chronicler said...

Ah yes, I went to pick up some $50 gifts for the guys and found they were on sale for $9.99. Then I piled them into the back of my car. It was all you could see in the car. I was not reassured knowing that if someone wanted them bad enough, my car would be ruined for a ten dollar gift. Yuck.

I swear. I can't stand theives. But then again I live in CA and and so faniliar with them, we maybe ought to have them over for dinner.

freezing in l.a. said...

so sad. i hope your car gets fixed soon. let us know if you need a ride anywhere. :)

s'mee said...

ugh! This makes me sick inside. I know how violated you can feel, and helpless, and well sometimes the police aren't much help.

A few years back we had lost just about everything we could lose, were renting a "pity" house and Thor was working out of state just to keep the lights on and sure enough Christmas was in two weeks. #1 son wakes up to find the hunk of junk car we had was gone.

Long story short they stole the car, stripped it to the frame, but left three sets of scriptures in a grocery bag tied up on the floor...everything else they had need of. The police found the car but decided to make $75 per day in impound fees before they told us. We ended up losing our car and paying the police just under $2,000. ("pay, or add $75 more each day until you do, and lose your licence and chance being arrested, ma'am.")The best part? The inlaws we were renting from and who had promised we could live in this house for 3 years decided they didn't like WA. "Can you guys find a new place by New Years?" It was a fun holiday season.

Silly Marie said...

Ouch. Both of your stories are so sad. Jerks. They deserve the neighborhood watch with the doberman and shotgun.

Anonymous said...

It's time to arm everyone in the complex with paintball guns. Those things hurt and (as far as I know) they're not lethal...

patrick said...

The least they could've done is clean up the crayons.

I always thought your parking garage was Fort Knox compared to ours... and we only had a rear window smashed in. The Hom's on the other hand, had no gate and had their car stolen and found three times. The last time it was totalled. California is weird.

Happy holidays.

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