Well, hmph. Someone snatched 46,000 yen from my wallet.
Either I dropped my wallet as I was coming into the building yesterday evening (I keep my key in my wallet, so I know I had it when I reached the lobby’s security panel) or someone in the building opened the door to my apartment and grabbed it from the hall table.
Our maintenance man found it this morning on the street outside the building. When I reclaimed it, it no longer contained the money I had recently withdrawn from the bank. Fortunately my identification, bank card, train cards, and other non-cash items were not stolen.
(For those of you in credit-friendly countries, it may be a shock to calculate I had about $450 in my wallet, but it’s not so uncommon here. Banks are not open 24 hours and everyone uses cash. Japanese bank machines dispense 10,000 yen notes like American ones spit out 20s.)
The amount taken is substantial but it won’t prevent my bills from being paid. Perhaps the person who took my money needed it more. I hope the thief uses it wisely.Posted by kuri at March 03, 2005 04:15 PM