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O the irony,

Travel Forums Off Topic O the irony,

1. Posted by lex (Full Member 32 posts) 12y

Sorry to interrupt the general happy atmosphere of this forum but i have to get this minor rant over with - i got pickpocketed today and my wallet stolen but i didnt notice till i got home from work. For once im relatively happy to be a broke student as whoever got my cards only managed to get about £30 thanks to my very empty account - but now ive got to get new drivers licence, NI card, prescriptions and all sorts which is such a hassle i dont even know where to start!
And the ironic part - out of all the many places i have EVER been - lots of dodgy cities, where i've been drunk, blase and frequently stupid enough to leave my stuff lying around unsupervised i have never before had anything at all taken. And where was i relieved of my wallet today? On my way home from work in sunny Brighton, UK. Hilarious. Grrrr.

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Yup. It always happens at home rather than away - i theorise that it's that way because you feel "safe" - when you travel, your guard is up a bit more, even if only subconsciously. But in the comfort of known home surroundings, your guard is naturally down and you are a much easier target. Which does'nt help you at all.

Hope you don't have too big a problem replacing all your cards etc. It can be a huge pain in the frigging neck. The hassle factor is by far the worst part of it.

Poor Lex.

3. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y

I'm sorry that has happened Lex - I agree with Gelli, that is a major pain in the neck At least no harm has come to you anyway. By the way have you cancelled your debit / credit cards If not then do that straight away I guess it is a sign to say that bad things can happen anywhere at any time. You just got to be aware of it. It's like mum said to me the other day about travelling away and that something bad could happen to me and I replied that bad things could happen to me here, at home :(

Anyway, hope that you get sorted out soon.


4. Posted by lex (Full Member 32 posts) 12y

Thanks guys, im marginally calmer now!
yeah, everything is cancelled thanks rach, but i was horrified to learn that a new driving licence is going to cost me £20 - what a rip-off!

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Lex, if it helps, a guy i know will sell you a replacement licence for only a fiver....

6. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 12y

£20 thats a bummer!! I only got mine for £5 but that is cos I am diabetic. I am in perfect health but it is these stupid rules and regulations people have, it only lasts three years and I keep having to renew it so I don't know if it is a good thing or not. Oh and I'd get it done straight away and don't get caught without one like I did:( That was bad. I was lucky though cos the nice policeman seemed to be in a good mood and I got a caution (phew)!! I am very careful with insurance, licenses etc. now because I'd hate to have to take my test again I passed around a year and a half ago now but can still remember the dread of going for a test and how nerve racking it was I took 6 attempts to pass (yes I know it's bad) and finally passed on my 7th test I was so happy. Anyway this is a little off the subject but too cut a long story short hope you get sorted with the driving license.


7. Posted by lex (Full Member 32 posts) 12y

Retaking my test? God i hadn't even thought of that - i've got waaaaay too many bad habits to go through that again - i fluked my way through and passed first time but i think i was completely propelled by competitive spirit - i was so determined to pass first time after months of 'women driver' jokes and rolled eyeballs from every bloke i knew!
A replacement for a fiver sounds tempting gelli - if a little on the dodge side! I dont have my car at uni so im not in a hurry for the next 2 months but i might chase you up on that later on Delboy!;)