Quit Losing Your Stuff

Every week, the Georgia State crime blotter is littered with police reports of misplaced or stolen goods – many of which are omitted to make space for the more “serious” crimes.

Considering the staggering amount of items reported missing, I think it’s high time someone said what we’ve all been thinking: don’t be an idiot and be careful with where you put your stuff!

Anyone with a shred of common sense should know that leaving valuable items unattended on campus for any amount of time is a recipe for having your stuff stolen.

After all, we go to school situated in the middle of downtown Atlanta – one of the most crime stricken cities in the South, much less the entire country.

It’s not a stretch to say that, shall we say, unsavory people sometimes make their way onto our school’s campus. And, continuing with that reasoning, not all of our students are exactly saints – as much as I may lament that fact.

Therefore, when people leave valuable items like their cell phones or laptops alone for hours at a time in busy places like the library and they get stolen, they really don’t have much room to complain.

I mean, what did you think was going to happen? Hours down the road, it’s not stealing so much as it is finding…

True, it would be great to return back only to find it laying there safe and sound, guarded by a kind stranger, perhaps, but that’s sadly not the world we live in. And I certainly don’t see things getting better in the sort term, especially considering that finals are upon us already and untold thousands of students will flock to the library and other places to study, undoubtedly bring and leaving behind their valuables.

But, by all means, bitch and complain as much as you like. Heck, file a police report if you want (good luck getting it back, though).

But your best bet is to learn your lesson and, for Christ’s sake, use a little caution next time.


One Response to “Quit Losing Your Stuff”
  1. Thank you for finally saying that. Someone needed to.

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