Friday, June 17, 2011
Smash and grab
So, I had an upsetting experience last night.
I was sitting on the bus reading from my Kindle--in other words, business as usual. I was sitting quite close to the door. I wasn't paying attention as two teenage girls were exiting the bus, but at the last second, one of the girls dove at me and made a grab for my Kindle. Only my firm grip on the machine allowed me to keep it. They both jumped out the bus's door in a fraction of a second, and I could hear them laughing as we drove away. They exited only two stops before my own. How delightful, they're neighbors.
Anyone who knows me knows that my Kindle is my most treasured possession. I was just sick thinking that some dumb kids would grab it on a lark. Is this sort of crime a common occurrence? Do those girls have a stack of ereaders, iPhones, and other gadgets piled up at home? Am I not supposed to read on the bus anymore? Do I have to sit inconveniently far from the door? (Actually, I think I will be taking that small precaution henceforth.)
Everyone on the bus saw what happened. There was a sort of collective look that passed among the passengers, What can you do? I don't know, but I'll continue to hold on tight. You might want to do the same.