Thursday, July 17, 2008

Stolen Again!

When I got home from school today I checked my email and saw that I had a message from my Ale. In the subject line it said, "News from Murphy". Hmm....A strange but intriguing title. After reading it, I understood that he was referring to Murphy's Law. He said that as he got off the tube, he walked to the parking lot only to find that his "Cinquecento" had been stolen, AGAIN! His cinquecento was stolen last year too. He had to spend a few hours at the Carabinieri's making a report. Luckily there wasn't much gas in it the first time, and the perps ran out of gas in Monza, so they were able to recover the car. Now, another hour lost at the Carabinieri's office making a report. I hope they find it soon. Before he comes here next week would be nice. My poor Ale has had so much bad luck with his little car in the last 6 months. It also got hit while it was parked and of course, no note left. Then his sister got into an accident while driving it (she was OK, thank goodness). Those of you in Italy know that insurance and taxes in Italy for cars is so expensive, even for a little Fiat. He's so frustrated. He even mentioned the word "voodoo" in his message. I felt so bad after reading it. I wanted to call him, but I figured he probably didn't want to talk about it, so I figured I'd just message him back.

A few weeks ago my car got broken into. It's really rare that it happens in my neighborhood, but I left my backpack in my car and I guess it was just too tempting for someone not to pass up. It was completely useless to them because all it had in it was my schoolwork and some school supplies. Nothing of real value to a thief. It was of value to me though because I had to do all that school work all over again.....ARGH!! Thankfully, they didn't take any of my school books which were on the back seat because those are expensive to replace. I did have my TomTom GPS locked in the glove box, but they didn't bother to try to open that up, thank goodness! I keep it in the apartment now. I did have to swallow the cost of replacing the window they broke because my insurance deductible is $500 and the window wasn't quite that much but it did set me back $267. It may not sound like much but I'm a student now, living on a student's budget so it did sting a little bit. Street parking sucks! The police report was all done over the phone. The officer told me that there wasn't much they could do, which didn't surprise me. He told me to go looking in the dumpsters in my neighborhood because the thieves usually dump the stuff after taking what they want. Well, as terrible as I felt that my backpack was stolen, I wasn't about to stick my head in any dumpsters looking for it. Like I said, there really wasn't anything valuable in it, so I cut my losses.

It's terrible that we have such callous people in this world, but unfortunately, that's life. It's hard not to feel worried about something like that happening again. I try to think positively and hope for the best. But to have your car stolen not once but twice has got to be discouraging.

Jessica in Rome: if you are reading this, there seems to be something wrong with your site. Unless it's just me (but I've tried on two different computers), whenever I try to log on to your site, it gives me an error prompt. It says Internet explorer can not open the site. Operation aborted. It's just happened in the last week. Please let me know if it's just on my end. Thanks!


Jessica_in_Rome said...

oh no! It works on my end..but I use firefox and safari! I'm going to download IE (WHY are you still using IE?!?!). Thanks for the heads up!

Jessica_in_Rome said...

ok I was getting the error too. I just upgraded wordpress so there was a prob with a plugin. It should be ok now. If it isn't can you email me? jessica at

Leanne said...

Poor Ale with the car - hope it shows up soon.
When I was in Australia I had a car accident and was given a cheap old thing from the insurance company to get me around. I left it one day parked at the station to get back and find it gone. Someone had stolen the insurance company rent a car. The police asked me all this info about the licence plate number etc...and I had no idea!

AmberBee said...

Oh my gosh! That is so awful to hear! Has Ale gotten his cinquecento back yet?
I am so sorry for you too, getting your car broken into isn't an experience that I have ever had... right after moving to Italy three years ago our house was broken into, while we were sleeping with the windows open because it was unbearably hot. Hard lesson to learn, A lot of Euro were stolen and my passport and the children's passport, some jewelry etc. However, we weren't harmed (we were asleep) and a kind soul turned our passports into the carabinieri a few days later, so I guess we were lucky. It didn't feel like it though when we went dumpster diving trying to find the passports at least. Sorry to hear your sad stories. At least they didn't take your books! I've got my fingers crossed for Ale.

Piccola said...

Leanne-wow! Getting a car stolen that isn't yours was probably frustrating, not knowing the information to give the police. How frustrating. I can't imagine!

Amber-The good news is that they did find his cinquecento, but the bad news is that whoever stole it, crashed it and his insurance only covers the other car involved. He has to replace the whole right side door on his car and that's got to be expensive, but he's going to do it when he gets back.
My poor Ale!
How scary that someone broke into your home while you were sleeping! I think if someone had stolen my passport, I would have probably been looking in dumpsters too!

Monika said...

We've been contemplating moving our car from a Florence garage to the streets and now your blog has put us off so thank you!!
Great blog :)