Last night getting home late from work (about 10:30 PM) I took a taxi, stopped a block before my apartment building at a 7-11 to buy a few things and walked back home. Open the apartment door, eye the place where I normally leave my camera bag but I realize I don’t have it with me.
A Canon 450D gone, together with a Canon G10, a Sigma 105mm lens, Sigma 10-20mm, Canon 18-55mm, extra batteries, remote, and assorted accessories. I guess it’s about 2000 US dollars worth of stuff at least, ouch.
This morning I went to the 7-11 and asked if they could check the CCTV camera, they where very nice and let me see how exactly at 10:22:15 a taxi stopped and a terminally oblivious idiot stepped down with a backpack but no camera bag. The quality of the video was just good enough to show an unreadable ID plate and taxi number. Bummer.
Went to the police station and contrary to all the horror stories I’ve heard about the Thai police force, I was treated very well and professionally. They filled several papers, I talked with a detective and then they sent me out in a patrol car to check the CCTV again. And again couldn’t see anything. I hope they can search by other means.
Last night my GF and I called the taxi company and they dispatched a notification, I know that the drivers must have received it because this morning I took a taxi from the same company and the driver told me he heard it in the radio. Also I left a printed page with a picture of the bag, the cameras and all the lenses, plus a not for a pretty good reward for the whole thing.
Mentioning in passing my GF I must say the this was one of those times when she shows why she’s the best. She could have ripped me a new one for being so dumb (and I would have held a light so she could see better) but instead she was all patience and sweet words. She loves taking pictures and that was as much her camera as mine, but not for a second she said anything negative or recriminatory to me.
Oh well, I’m just trying to get it out of my chest and get over with the loss. Just stuff, nothing serious. Besides people have forgotten bigger, more valuable things before, such as… (add your story and make me feel less uniquely dumb)