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College Theft

Connemara

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Have any of you ever had to deal with this? Today, I went to deposit a $100 bill my parents gave me and poof, the ******* thing is gone. Vanished. It was in the back of a drawer in my room, and I didn't tell anybody it was there. I've asked everyone who's been in my dorm since Tuesday (last time I saw it, I think) if they've seen it...obviously no one has.

I don't know who to suspect aside from my roommate. I don't think he'd steal that much money, but then again, I've known him for a few months. Character witnesses don't see him doing it.

Life sucks right now.

P.S. I don't want a ******* lecture about how I should have put it in a safer place.
 

lawyerdad

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Sorry man, that sucks. The lack of privacy/personal space in dorms is definitely one of the more annoying aspects of college life.
 

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sucks dood. makes you think what other belongings someone goes thru when you're not around. are there a lot of people going in/out of your room? obviously the roommate is suspect #1, but he's almost too obvious a suspect for him to be the culprit.
 

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Not a lecture but why didn't you just carry the bill with you?

When traveling in foreign countries I have had the provided room safe broken into. Sometimes it has been jacked open and other times somebody had the the code. I just find it safer sometimes to carry the money with me. At least I know what happened to the money. The only time I have had the in room safe broken into was New Orleans which they are required to provide you a safe and charge you for it.

Needless to say I tend to use a credit card rather then carry cash.
 

Connemara

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I don't know, I certainly should have carried it with me.

This is really ******* with me. I'm supposed to studying for a math test tomorrow but now all I can think about is the fact that I'm out a hundred bucks.

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Since it's midterm time, perhaps you're just a little scatterbrained right now and you misplaced it? Or, it could have slid through a crack in your dresser, and it might be underneath/behind it?

It's too obvious for your roommate to steal it - unless he's a sociopath. I say try to set him up - leave a small sum of money, say $5 lying around in an obvious place, and see if it's gone by the next day. If he doesn't own up to it, get a new roommate.
 

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Look around in your clothing and your drawers first, you never know how absent minded you can be during exams. If he did it, just find another roommate quietly and don't even try to recoup it.

BTW, it's a single bill man. Carry it with you.

Consider it an expensive lesson.
 

Connemara

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I'm 100% positive it was stolen. I stashed it in the back of this particular drawer because I planned on depositing it in the bank this weekend...it wasn't part of my usual "pocket money". I would have no reason to move it.

*sigh*
 

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Buy a small (~60-80 lbs) safe to store your money/watches/cufflinks/cam era/ipod/stash/paraphanelia/scale/baggies/incriminating photos/etc.etc.etc. While not completely secure, it will discourage theft, because nobody wants to lug something that heavy out of a dorm room. A lot of kids get the little 10-15 pound ones with the handle and all, but those are easily carried off. It won't solve this problem, but it may prevent it from happening again. Something like this would work, and you would be able to use it for a while.
 

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Learn some basic tradecraft. Losing $100 sucks, but in all honesty, you're blowing this out of proportion. If losing $100 meant you don't eat for the next month, this might be a bigger deal. If your roommate's a decent guy, it shouldn't be hard to ask him to keep a closer watch on your room. If not, you should be looking for a new roommate.
 

Connemara

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Originally Posted by Arethusa
Learn some basic tradecraft. Losing $100 sucks, but in all honesty, you're blowing this out of proportion. If losing $100 meant you don't eat for the next month, this might be a bigger deal. If your roommate's a decent guy, it shouldn't be hard to ask him to keep a closer watch on your room. If not, you should be looking for a new roommate.

Initially, yeah, I did overreact. It's mom & dad's money, and they'll likely replace it, but things like this just irritate me.
 

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I understand the irritation. Just saying it's worth keeping in perspective.
 

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And I thought you were talking about tuition.

Perhaps, you should be like the proverbial old woman with the money under the mattress or some other place similarly intrusive. Most people don't take that hazard of moving a mattress to steal.
 

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i remember $100 in college is like hitting 6 million in the lotto now...sucks man
 

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I tend to keep my money in smaller bills, and if I get larger ones I deposit them or break them into 20's. Better to be out $20 than $100 if you misplace it, and it seems that smaller bills so long as they aren't in "wad" form aren't quite as enticing as a smooth Benjamin.

The other members advice of getting a small but heavy safe is advice I totally agree with. Any time you reside in somewhere semi-public it's always best to keep important materials locked up.
 

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