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Sunday, October 23, 2016

DAYLIGHT ROBBERY --- SECOND STORY




I was standing at the Trivandrum KSRTC bus terminal with my son Francis Xavier. I was taking him for his first job interview at Nest Technologies at the TECHNO PARK. It was 8.30 in the morning. The bus station was crowded. I was looking around for our bus. At that time a super fast came to a screeching halt. I saw the passengers get down from the bus. The last to come out was the driver and the conductor. They were chatting amiably and walking towards the office. The conductor had the journey's collection in his hand bag. The bag was bulging with money. He held the bag very casually as he had been doing it every day. After all, the bus stand was teeming with people. He and the driver were tough, burly people. There was also a police 'flying squad' parked nearby. Who can even dare to think of doing any thing to the bag?

As he was leisurely strolling, chatting, laughing and carelessly holding the bag, I saw a young man walking briskly towards the conductor from the opposite direction. When he came close to the conductor, he greeted him as though he was his close friend. The conductor although not very sure greeted the man in return and smiled at him. As the conductor smiled the young man bent down, grabbed the bag and started running. The conductor couldn't believe that such a thing could happen. He was shocked for a few seconds. We also watched all this thinking his friend was playing a prank. Suddenly the conductor started screaming, "My bag, my bag! Thief, thief! Somebody catch him! He is running with my money!" He started running after the thief. Only then the crowd realised that the conductor was robbed. Some people started running behind the conductor chasing the thief. In the mean while the thief had already reached the far end of the terminus. 

The dozing police 'FLYING SQUAD' woke up from their slumber. The police jeep started and went after the thief with the siren screaming. The wily robber ran into the narrow lanes and bilanes and escaped. The police men came back to vent their fury on the already upset conductor. They told him that he fully deserved to be robbed and chided him for being so careless with his money bag. They advised him to go and give a written complaint in the police station. They assured him that they will definitely catch the thief and restore the money.
The conductor was wailing. He has to pay the money out of his pocket to the office. He will have a black mark on his service record. His salary raise for that year will be held back. Too many problems for the conductor for just being careless.

So friends, be careful with your valuables in crowded places because the friendly looking person standing next to you smiling very innocently could be a robber. Who knows?
Do you have any real life incidents like this? Share it with me. I will be delighted to hear from you.

13 comments:

  1. the poor old conductor. i don't think he should have to re-pay the lost money.

    as a teenager i worked at several gas stations and at one gas station they told us that money was missing from or shift and we all had to make up the loss from our wages. i put in a complaint with the government and the gas station had to give me back my wages but i was fired the next day. there was a lot of physical intimidation when went back to collect my money.

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  2. I feel for the poor guy who was robbed. No way should he have to pay out of his own pocket.
    I am afraid it is the way of the workd now and I dearly wish it wasn't.

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  3. Fortunately I have only heard of things like this happening. I am feeling sad for the conductor who will have to pay in so many ways. He may have been too careless but no one should steal like that. What an awful incident.

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  4. Thanks for the reminder to be careful when you're in a crowded area.

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  5. Oh... That must have been awful for the conductor!! Can't trust anyone around these days :(

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  6. Goodness! How terrible! I can understand how the conductor must have felt over that incident. True that it wasn't just the money he lost but probably his job, too. So sad!

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  7. oh boy, poor conductor, thanks for sharing!

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  8. The conductor will become extra vigilant hereafter; he might have learned a good lesson.A care-instilling post.Nice.

    An incident occured in my life also.A friend and me were boarding a bus,a group of Tamilians both men and women created a hubbub as if there was a big crowd to enter.In fact the crowd was not high.But when I reached home, a pair of bangles and a neck chain kept in a wallet in the innermost chamber of my bag were missing. My bag was open.Two zips were to be undone to reach the wallet.So skillfully they managed to grab it.

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  9. Feeling so bad for the poor conductor. He has to use his hard earned money to pay back to the company. What an expensive lesson to learn to be more careful.

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  10. Awful, simply awful. Thanks for the post.

    Greetings from London.

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  11. Namaste....
    It sounds like this was no random robbery rather it was planned and the conductor patterns studied else the thief could not have gotten away so effortlessly.

    It is wise that we not take for granted anything in life and always be mindful of our surroundings.

    stay blessed.
    peace.
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