Wallet Lost, Wallet Found!
Last weekend I went on a camping trip with my husband and two friends. It was really exciting – our first overnight trip with friends. (For some reason, it is really hard to find people who want to carry a pack into the wilderness and sleep there!) We brought the best camping dinner we’ve ever had (T and I are lazy cooks when backpacking), and the mileage was really low compared to our usual trips. It was really relaxing! Except…
We stopped at Starbucks for coffee in a town on our way to the mountains. I bought T and I a large latte to share (frugal tip – it is almost always cheaper to just split a beverage than to get two smalls), and we sat down for a minute before hitting the road again. When we got to the trailhead to start our hike, I moved my purse to a safe place and realized that my wallet was not in it. I immediately knew I must have left it at Starbucks!
There was no cell service and there was no way we were going to drive back down the dirt road to civilization, so I brushed my worries off and we started our hike. I was 90% sure that I had left it at the counter and that someone would turn it in and it would be safe. I honestly wasn’t very worried. At all. The worst case scenario was that I’d have to replace my cards and driver’s license – a pain, but not horrible.
The next day we left the park and returned to civilization. I called Starbucks once to ask if they had found it, and I lost the call before they responded. Then I called again later, and they said the didn’t have it. At that point, I called my credit card companies to cancel (and was relieved to know that there had been no fraudulent activity). Since we were going through anyway, we stopped at Starbucks yet again, and I stopped in to give them a note with my name, number, and “pink wallet” on it so they would know how to contact me if it turned up. The girl was a little snotty in her sympathy, saying “Oh, you called this morning. Yeah, we don’t have it.”
Five minutes down the road, my phone rang. It was Starbucks! They had my wallet after all. It was in the safe all along. They didn’t check there the first 3 times I asked about it?!?! What?! And what if I hadn’t left my contact info, and just believed that they really didn’t have it?
Anyway, I got it back. My cards were already canceled (what a pain in the butt!), but I avoided a trip to the DMV to replace my license and got everything back. Whew!
Have you ever lost your wallet? Did you get it back?