March 03, 2005

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 When I reclaimed it, it no longer contained the money I had recently withdrawn from the bank.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



Posted by: MJ on March 3, 2005 10:17 PM

I think its all the new generation kids here, they are less pure than the older honest generations of Japanese people who would return a lost wallet, with all the money, to a nearest koban.

Posted by: VW on March 3, 2005 11:21 PM

Oh, that was me. Sorry! Sorry.

Posted by: peterb on March 3, 2005 11:43 PM

peterb: what are you doing in Tokyo, in my lobby, stealing my cash?? YOu’d better be using it wisely ;-)

Posted by: Kristen on March 4, 2005 12:02 AM

it was probably a foreigner who did it.

Posted by: on March 4, 2005 12:21 AM
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