My cell phone was stolen two days ago while I was donating blood! Yep, it took me about 2 months to get my new $325 Samsung Epic (well, $225 now…I just got the rebate check) snatched right out of my purse. I really am too emotionally exhausted right this second to feel much at all. Here’s what happened.
My Cell Phone Was Stolen – Timeline for April 4, 2011:
- 5:00pm – Arrive at blood donation center
- 5:15pm – Finish up the paperwork and finger prick test
- 5:16pm – Receive a happy call from Mr. BFS about free home refinancing (that’ll be a post unto itself in a few weeks, lol)
- 5:20pm – Check email on smart phone while waiting for someone to take my blood.
- 5:25pm – Toss my cell phone into my open purse, which is actually up on the table and between my legs, and look away while they get everything started.
- 5:35pm – Am told I am done, so I put my purse on the ground to my right before getting up.
- 5:40pm – Finally have all the equipment removed and can get up.
- 5:41 – Sit in a chair and eat a bag of Mini Oreos and drink some water while they make sure I don’t faint. I actually thought about using my cell phone right then to check the Weight Watcher’s point value for the Oreos but blow it off since I’ll be home soon.
- 5:50pm – Walk to my car, start it, get out into traffic and realize I haven’t called Mr. BFS back.
- 5:51pm – Freak out at a stop light because my cell phone is gone and turn around.
- 5:55pm – Search parking lot, car, blood center, and purse a billion times with help from the nurses half this time too. We tried calling my cell phone several times too.
- 6:15pm – Finally give up and head straight home.
- 6:25pm – Grab husband’s cell phone and sit quietly in my car for a minute trying to call my phone again.
- 6:26pm – Freak out (it was building), breakdown, cry a lot, and husband has to calm me down (poor hubby).
- 6:30pm – Change all of my email passwords since they weren’t password protected on my phone.
- 6:40pm – Eat a very yummy steak my husband put in front of me.
- 6:50pm – Clean out whole car, all papers, and look into and under every nook and cranny.
- 7:10pm – Finally give up and call Sprint to deactivate my phone.
- 7:20pm – Start checking email, blog, and blogging group stuff while I try to think about what I can do next.
- 8:00pm – Call a few friends and family on hubby’s phone to let them know I don’t have a cell phone.
- 9:00pm – Realize I still have my old cell phone and quickly call Sprint to reactivate it.
- 9:15pm – Remember that we have Purchase Protection Coverage from Discover Card for uninsured theft or damage for electronics within 90 days of purchase.
- 9:20pm – Find out I have to file a police report in order to apply for reimbursement.
- 9:30pm – Go back to blogging until bed and made a list for what to do yesterday to get everything handled.
My Cell Phone Was Stolen – Timeline for April 5, 2011:
- 10:15am – Call blood donation center to make sure they haven’t found the phone. Leave my number in case it pops up soon.
- 12:00pm – Call the Houston Police Department to file a report.
- 12:10pm – Am told they have my call back info and someone will call me to take my report.
- 2:50pm – Receive call from HPD and file my report.
- 3:05pm – Call Discover Card to file a claim. I am told I will need a copy of the police report, my home owner’s insurance declaration page, my original receipt, a copy of the Discover Card statement that my phone was bought during, and I’ll need to wait up to 2 days for an email with a claim form I have to sign and send back.
- 3:55pm – Find out the police report won’t be available until tomorrow and then it may take a week to mail.
- 4:10pm – Worry that I won’t be able to find the original receipt.
- 6:00pm – Company softball league.
- 9:00pm – Look for all of the paperwork including original cell phone receipt – I will have to finish tracking it all down tomorrow.
I’ll have to call the police department again today and fill out the claim form. This is exhausting and I wish the worst karma in the world on whatever butt-munch decided that the chick with the needle in her arm looked like a good target.
I’ll let you know what happens next in Part 2. I really hope they approve my claim once I can get everything submitted. Even though it could take up to 60 days to receive the check, it’ll be nice to know I didn’t completely lose $225. I could just get a temporary phone with one of the best prepaid phone plans but not sure about that yet.
This has me thinking of getting a identity theft protection now since so much personal information can be accessed on a cell phone. I’ll be researching the best family identity theft protection and sharing what I find soon. Hopefully my identity is safe.
Have you ever had anything stolen? Does sleep indeed help? I am soooo tired…