Have you ever had something stolen from you that you could never replace?

@winterose (39932)
Canada
April 29, 2008 9:03pm CST
Have you ever had something stolen from you that you could never replace? I went on vacation for three days to Niagara Falls Canada and came home, I was home a few minutes and decided I wanted to go and deliver some souvenirs I brought back for my friends. By the time I could home my house was robbed and they took my stereo system. They didn't even know what to expect so they used my garbage bags to take it out. I had no insurance, too poor, and I was still paying for the stereo, I still owed $700.00 on it. I have never had a stereo system since then, I could never afford to replace it. I also had a beautiful charm bracelet with trinkets on it that which had taken years to acquire, I had it since I was 16 and it was worth $2,000. One of my son's teenage friends stole it, and of course that was something else that could never be replaced. I have had jewelry stolen from me on several occasions and now I do not have any jewelery at all. Have you had anything stolen from you that you could never replace?
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@Chispa514 (871)
• Montreal, Quebec
4 May 08
I've had jewellery that belonged to my grandmother (who passed away when I was 8) that was stolen from my room, and when I had my own apartment uptown on Barclay (back in 99), I had a housewarming party and people stole cd's, my yearbooks, clothes,my hamster (yes, a real live hamster), and the bandana a friend of mine had given me that meant alot to me. Those may seem like trivial things to some people, but to me they meant alot, and I can never get those back.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
stealing your hamster, now that is really weird.
• Montreal, Quebec
5 May 08
Yea tell me about it. I loved that hanster too
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
1 May 08
Several years ago we had given to some people that we thought we could trust a bust we had of Jesus. It was very old, it had belonged to my great grandmother. We had given it to them to do some paint repairs on it where it had chipped. Now the bust was of him with the crown of thorns, these thorns on there were very hard and sharp. I've never seen another like it. They decided to move rather suddenly without telling anyone where they were going. We never got the bust back. I don't know what they did with it but I wish they would have given it back first. It's not something I can replace because even if I found another like it that one had belonged to my great grandmother. It had a lot of sentimental value to it.
@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
that is totally wrong! They moved and never looked back.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
5 May 08
Tell me about it. From what I understand that stiffed a lot of people in the area. I wasn't worried about money either. I'd just like to have the statue back you know? I know I never will but it would be nice.
@rhane7315 (5674)
• Philippines
30 Apr 08
i have a gold dangling earrings that my father gave me last year. my mother told me that she would keep it so i won't lost it. then for after how many weeks, i just found out that she pawned my dangling earrings in the pawnshop and if she doesn't do anything about it. my earrings will be auctioned. and that really happens, i was too mad at my mom and tell my father about it. and my father told me that the reason why he seldoms buy some jewelries for our mother was because our mom always do those things. i wish i was aware that time so that i shouldn't allow her to keep my earrings that time
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
that is sad, can you get the money together to get the earrings out of the shop?
@rhane7315 (5674)
• Philippines
4 May 08
i wish i could but it's too late
@sun2day (1063)
• Virgin Islands (U.S.)
26 May 08
I have lost a picture that I can never replace and up to this day I hate to think about it. It was the very first time I travelled to New York; I was about 16 yrs. old. My uncle had an only picture of me then, many years after I saw it I ask for it to get a copy. My sister never picked it up from the photo shop and when I asked they could not find it, after about 2 yrs. That made me sick to my stomach. I cant get aother to replace it.
@winterose (39932)
• Canada
27 May 08
I lost so many pictures I cannot keep count anymore.
@RobinJ (2501)
• Canada
4 May 08
Hi Rose This is a bit off topic, but not really. the thing that I had stolen from me and can not ever be replaced was about 25 years of my life, and while I was a sort of partner in crime, it was my ex husband that stole those years. I know I could have/ should have walked away in week 3 of the marriage, but you see he had the potential to be a truly brilliant man, and in his own way he was and is, he is the best con artist you would never wish to meet.Gullible, naive, dumb yes I was all that and more I kept waiting , wishing hoping he would be the man I knew he was more than capable of, but he choose to be a con artist and is still to this very day plying his trade, My only blessing is I only stayed for the 25 years, I was a firm believer in marriage, and it was me finally getting the idea he was never going to change. It was this bit of knowledge that made me change and walk away
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
9 May 08
well he stole 25 years and you cannot get that back so it really isn't off topic, I just hope your next 25 years will be wonderful for you.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
3 May 08
Yeah I had some jewelry stolen that my grandmother gave me before she passed away. I have a ideal who did it and I have made some comments and they always leave immediately after but I guess they have gotten rid of it since. Now when people come to my house I lock my computer room and bedroom so that I don't have to worry about things coming up missing as much. But it is sad when you can't even trust many people anymore. I once had a ring stolen by my MIL I had the braclet and necklace to match but didn't take it off to do dishes and I never got it back she said she didn't see it but about 6 months later she was showing me something in her jewelry box and there was my ring my husband seen it and told me not to start anything that it was just a ring. I know he wouldn't and isn't so nice about it if it happened to be my family that had done it and it was something of his, I let the matter slide but it made me angry as heck.
@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
absolutely disgusting.
@gabrielle47 (1222)
• Philippines
1 May 08
Yes I have. Although most were replaceable but the agony you went through in loosing the material is non replaceable and it takes a hard time to let go of them as its precious to you. I have a bracelet that my ex bf gave me that I lost and it was precious to me but was never replaced. Also a necklace that was snatched from me which belonged to my mother. All these can be replaced by another material or jewelry but the memory and meaning of that material will never be replaced and that for me is hard.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
yes it certainly is very hard, sentimental pieces can never be replaced.
@gemini_rose (16194)
30 Apr 08
I have been stolen from about twice in my life I would say. The first time was when I was 18 and had not long had my eldest son, I was a single parent and lived alone in my own flat. Some nasty people that I fell in with robbed my flat while I was away one time, they stole my stereo which was my pride and joy, music was my life, I could not afford to replace it. They also stole a big jar of pennies that I had been saving for my son. I was heartbroke, not only were they supposed to be my friends, but they knew I had nothing and what I did have I treasured. The second time was when I had a girl babysitting, again I was still a single parent and still did not have much! She invited friends around while I was out and they stole all my favourite cds, I was heart broke, because as I say music is my life and I could not afford to replace them.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
you can never trust people coming into your home, it seems that nobody has scruples anymore.
@natgil (33)
• United States
30 Apr 08
Yes I have. When I turned 30, I got a birthstone ring from my aunt and uncle. It was beautiful...not too gaudy, yet dainty and elegant looking. I never got the chance to have it insured. I couldn't afford to. One day, I was in need of a babysitter at the last minute. I asked my ex-friend to help me out. She was glad to be able to help...... Now, I know why she was so glad to help out.. I didn't realize it was even missing for about 6 months, when she was getting ready to move. She asked for my help with packing. Being the good friend, I said no problem..... SHE WAS WEARING MY RING AS WE WERE PACKING BOXES!!!!!! I asked her where she had gotten it, she said from a friend of hers. I said "ya, you stole it from me!!!" She told me to leave. Fine. I went home and called the police, they came, but nothing happened. They said that because I had no "physical" proof that it was mine, possession is 9/10 of the law......... What a load of crap!!!!! Yet, in todays society it's so true....
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
yes how very horrible, that bi*ch, and you couldn't get it back either.
30 Apr 08
I was at a club one night and I always kept a gold St. Christopher necklace that my grandmother had given me in my purse. I left my bag with my partner who then left it with a friend who in turn just walked away and left it. I had my wallet, purse, phone and everything of value stolen from my bag. I was inconsolable that necklace meant the world to me.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
I certainly can imagine, how hard that was for you to lose.
@checapricorn (16072)
• United States
30 Apr 08
what was lost from me winterose are all affordable one..LOL, don't have expensive stuff for the moment...hahahaha! So, I can say that It's easy to replace them but the effort,time and money I had just to acquire those stuff is very valuable for me since, I really work hard for it! Happy posting!
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
yes you did work hard and didn't deserve to have anything stolen from you.
@dragon54u (31185)
• United States
30 Apr 08
That's a horrible thing to happen! You keep thinking what if you'd delayed a few minutes or not gone at all. If you own your house you might have insurance you're not away of so call your mortgage company. Sometimes car insurance has extra clauses that cover such things, although it's rare. Check all the types of insurance you might have. Not stolen, but I left a box of small box of family treasures in my brother's crawl space when I was really poor and sometimes living in the desert. My sister-in-law has never allowed me to go up there and get the box, although others have been added over the years and it's in a sea of cardboard and junk right now. I'll probably never get it back, but at least I have my memories. At least you weren't home when it happened and nobody was hurt. I know it hurts to have to pay off something you don't have, especially that much money, but you're in one piece and unhurt!
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
It happened over 25 years ago, and no I didn't own my own home and no I didn't have a car or any insurance. I was a single mom barely making ends meet and 25 years later I am even worst financially then I was back then.
@SHAMRACK (8350)
• India
30 Apr 08
Dear friend, I had watch which was presented from a friend I got from New Delhi in India on my vacation there. That was too precious for me in remembrance of him. But when I was traveling in train it was robbed during the night as the train went through a tunnel I hope it might be missing.I kept it my bag. luckily only clothes were there in that bag. The bag of money was in my hand. that was one of my unrepairable loss. Later I had not seen that friend as he expired after 1 month I departed from Delhi. He was a cancer patient.
@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
I am so sorry to hear that. It is hard losing a sentimental object but harder to lose a friend that way.
@ellie333 (21029)
30 Apr 08
How awful for you to have experienced all these losses. I think the only thin I have ever had taken that cannot be replaced was a diamond eternity ring and a ring of my nans that I adore. I now where the two that I have left that have sentimental value as I really don't know how I'd feel if they were lost forever too. Just an idea but there is a site worldwide called freecycle.org and if you go into that you can register with your local one and people give items away for free that they no longer require. I obtained a 5 cd changing Panasonic stereo system myself this way. If you haven't got transport to collect a lot of people will deliver to you. I have met some wonderful people from this site. I have given many of my unwanted items away too, but I also obtained the paint for my lounge through this too. Maybe worth a try. If I lived nearer I would help you. Ellie :D
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
thanks hon, I know about the site, but I really don't want a stereo anymore, I have no need for it now.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
30 Apr 08
nothing so big as what you have lost, but sentimentally it was big - to me. I had a purse stolen as a teenager, I had several of my baby pictures in that purse (was going to a friend's house after school, and just put them in the purse that morning to share with friend) those pictures now only exist for me in my memory.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
I lost most of my pictures too throughout the years, it is really hard, I have no pictures of me, and very few of my son life.
@Rozie37 (15505)
• Turkmenistan
30 Apr 08
There have been a few times that I have loaned things to people and they have never given them back to me. Even though I would ask them over and over again. Once I was in a book store and met an author. She told me that if I purchased her book she would autograph it. She did. After I finished reading it, I let a lady at work borrow it. She never gave it back. Things like this have happened to me numerous times, even with family. My niece picked up this habit from her mom. She borrows things and loses them. I think that I am finally learning the lesson that I am always preaching to others. "Don't loan out anything that you can not afford to give away."
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
yes that is so very true. I once donated one of my books at work for a charity and you know somebody stole it.
@kenzie45230 (3563)
• United States
30 Apr 08
I had my Grandmother's cameo pin stolen once, in a home invasion. Everything else was found when they caught the robber. It wasn't worth lots of money, but it had sentimental value. And I had a camera stolen after taking vacation pictures at Disney World.
@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
sentimental value is worth more than money to me.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
30 Apr 08
I have had items stolen from me, but none as expensive as yours were.. My son did have someone try to steal his car stereo, while the car was sitting in our driveway.. Well, he had the faceplate taken off so that no one could take it, so they got nothing.. But we had to replace the windows in his car, since the thiefs broke all of them trying to get the stereo that he had worked and paid for.. I hate a thief, that sounds so strong, but I honestly hate a thief.. I am so very sorry that you lost the items that you did and hope that soemday the thief will be apprehended and punished..
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
those things are long gone years ago, the stereo system was stolen 25 years ago, and I could never afford another one,
@luvstochat (6916)
• United States
30 Apr 08
We have been lucky that we have never had anything stolen that could not be replaced. My husband had about 200 dollars worth of tools stolen about a month ago there was a few tools that you can no longer buy though. At least we have never had anything irreplaceable stolen like a wedding ring or a family heirloom.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
I am glad that you are taking it so well.
@Rosekitty (19500)
• San Marcos, Texas
30 Apr 08
Winterose..Unfortunately yes i have..while i was at work some of my Son's so called friends stoled my wedding rings and silver dollars from 1800's plus alot of other jewelry..gold and id braceletes with my name on it...don't know what ever happened to it but they were all gone and not replaced.Things i wanted to pass down to my children and now can't.
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@winterose (39932)
• Canada
4 May 08
gosh that is awful, no those things can never be replaced.