I’m feeling really, really defeated right now. My bag and phone got stolen at the weekend and I am absolutely devastated. I do lose a lot of stuff anyway and have become quite desensitised to it, however having everything literally TAKEN, and taken because I was a vulnerable young woman on my own, is probably what has upset me the most.
Here’s all the things (that I can remember) which were taken. Annoyingly it literally had some of my most favourite, favourite things.
Zara City Bag with Chain (£26)
Samsung Galaxy Note II (£500)
Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon (£23)
TOMS Academy Plaid Classics (£30)
Aspinal of London Mirror (£45)
Butter London Nail Varnish in Pool (£8)
Orly Nail Varnish in You’re Blushing (£7)
Kardashian Beauty Joy Stick Lipstick Pen (£10)
Topshop Round Sunglasses (£17)
Keys, cards, cash.
= (approx) £740
The bag itself, whilst cheap, was literally my favourite bag and my go-to for pretty much everything. It was such a good size, as you can tell by the amount of stuff it held. My beloved Toms – the shoes I always carry around when I need a spare pair of flats! My most loved, loved lipstick in the world, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, MY PASSPORT(!!!), my Aspinal of London mirror, a few other really lovely make-up pieces and lastly, of course, my Samsung Galaxy Note II phablet/phone..
That is probably the thing that has smarted the most as it’s not insured and I’ve blocked the IMEI number now, so not even sure what good them having it would be if they can’t even use it? What is the point of stealing phones that will inevitably get blocked and rendered useless??! I seriously loved that phone, those who know me know I love technology and that was my favourite bit of kit of the last 12 months. I raved about it constantly. So upset. Stumped over what to do next.. I’m probably going to have to buy a new phone, which for £500+ is not a pleasing thought but a necessity nonetheless, for what I do I just can’t have a shit phone that is less capable. The Samsung Galaxy Note III comes out in a few months, I’m best off just waiting for that but what am I do to until then?! So annoyed at everything right now.
One of the ‘positives’ to this experience is that it has made me really think about things, and about how unsafe it was for me to be travelling home on my own at that time of night. From my hazy recollection, stuff happened to me from the moment I left the place I was at – why was I walking around on my own? I should be grateful that having my stuff stolen was all that happened to me. The economy has changed and with it, the world. People are desperate and prey on vulnerable people. It is simply not safe anymore for a girl to be travelling by herself at that time of night. The worst thing is I know I’ve put myself in that situation more than once recently, but it will never, ever happen again. The experience has really upset me, I keep crying on and off, and feel so down about it. I hate the fact that it’s made me realise I do actually need a man, to at least make sure I am not such a target. Even if I was just out with a boy, who was just a friend, this wouldn’t have happened as I wouldn’t have been left walking around on my own. At the end of the day, women need men. I thought I was independant and could look after myself, but I clearly can’t. And that is a sobering thought.