My purse was stolen- The true tale of a grocery-shopping nightmare.


My purse was stolen in my local Kroger store.

I had my purse hooked into my cart (I actually take the handle of my purse and slip it through the kiddy harness in the seat section) and my hot pink corduroy jacket flung over it.

I turned to pick up a roast for one second, and apparently the woman couldn’t get my purse unhooked in that time frame, so she took off with my entire cart. So when I looked up, my cart was gone.

The place was packed, so I used some simple thinking. I screamed at the top of my lungs “SOMEONE STOLE MY PURSE AND CART”. Knowing this would cause a scene, the people who did not take my cart/purse would stop.

The person who did, would keep moving.

AHA! She outed herself by keeping on the move. A Kroger employee grabbed the side of the cart and stopped the woman.

Saved by the scream!

When I asked her “what the hell she was doing” she claimed that she just accidently grabbed the wrong cart. NOT buying it, I asked her if she had the same hot pink coat. She said no, but wasn’t paying attention. Suuuuuuure.

The Kroger employee said that since she claimed it was a simple mistake, and I got my purse back with all of my belongings, that nothing could be done. Even though I wanted to call the cops and throw her stealing/lying/cheating butt in jail.

But I guess I was lucky. And the more I think about it, the more I think about what could have gone wrong. Like, my entire financial life is in my purse. My ID is in my purse. My camera is in my purse. Photos of my family are in my purse. I know that these are material things, but they are really, really hard to replace.

So here are a few things I have learned from this incident:

1. Keep my purse on me at all times.

2. Keep my purse zipped.

3. Leave all the important stuff home except for the basics: ID, checkbook, keys.

4. Keep copies of my ID/basics at home.

5. Pepper spray anyone who claims it was an accident.

Okay, so maybe #5 is a little over-board, but I don’t care.


How would you have handled this? Looking back, I really wish I would have followed her out of the store and gotten her license plate number. Would you have?

Have you ever had this happen to you? Tell me! I want to hear about it!

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