Mr. Serious always checks his pockets like a million times. Wallet? Keys? Phone?
But, this day was different.
He was coming back in town from a trip to Alabama and I asked him to meet us downtown for a movie. Of course, he wasn’t dressed to attend a sneak peek at a new movie, but he came in his warm up pants anyways.
He did about 15 pocket checks while we were there, but he was thrown off by two things.
- He left his phone in the car.
- He had on warm up pants with only side pockets.
So, when I saw the standard pocket check and a little concern on his face, I asked. He told me he left his phone in the car.
But…later he realized, he did not have his wallet. After we walked around Atlantic Station, and after we left the movie theater.
I tried not to panic. I tried to remain calm. It’s just a wallet. It’s just money.
However, our address is in there, with pictures of our kids. I’m always paranoid that somebody is going to get them. And, I panicked (just a little bit). I quickly recovered.
I ran back to the movie theater and got to go back inside. The guys cleaning had just walked out in front of us. Of course, they hadn’t seen the wallet. The wallet I know good and well fell out of his side pocket in the theater.
I looked in the bathroom, at the candy store.
We left our number at the theater. Please call us if it shows up.
I pulled out our debit card and HSA cards (thank goodness we are credit card free, or that would have been super stressful) and got the numbers and got on the phone to cancel them on my way to the car. Thankfully, they hadn’t been used.
That evening, we went home and ordered Mr. Serious a new wallet.
And, figured out how to get him to work with no bus pass and no driver’s license. He decided to drive to work without his license. He couldn’t even go to the DMV because, wouldn’t you know, they are closed on Mondays.
The nice lady at work replaced his bus pass. The bank, of course replaced his debit card. The HSA company (our health savings account) charged us a whopping $12 to replace the card (and we pay a monthly fee, what a joke).
I called the theater about 6 times the next morning. On the last call, THEY HAD HIS WALLET.
What they didn’t have? The $30+ in cash that was in there. Talk about a steep finder’s fee.
Thank goodness he ended up driving. Thank goodness the DMV was closed. He was able to drive over to the theater after work, and didn’t waste a morning at the DMV paying for a new license.
The cost of our free movie show? $30 cash + $15 wallet + $12 HSA card.
But, not having to wait at the DMV and having the pictures of our kids intact? Priceless
By the way, I have a wallet for sale. Any takers?