My son’s free tickets to the Warped Tour cost him $94.
No, that wasn’t the money he spent on food. Or gas. Or souvenirs. Or even a speeding ticket.
That $94 is what he’s out after some loser stole his wallet at the concert. To whit:
- Driver’s license ($15)
- College student ID that he just got a week ago ($15)
- Purchases charged to his debit card before he realized his wallet was missing and called me to cancel his card ($14)
- Barnes & Noble gift card he received as a graduation present from his favorite former teacher ($50)
Fortunately, our bank should credit him the $14 but the gift card is gone and he’s going to have to shell out the money to replace his license and ID.
It never crossed my mind that I needed to tell my son to put his wallet in his front pants pocket. It just seems like common sense to me. But I guess that’s common sense gained from living 20 years longer than my kid. I feel so badly for him because it really tainted a great experience. I’m proud of him, too, for taking the right steps (checking Lost & Found, calling me so I could contact the bank) as soon as he realized his wallet was gone.
Still, it’s a lesson I wish he hadn’t learned the hard way.