Volume 90, Issue 80

Friday, February 14, 1997

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LETTERS
 

Riding someone else's coat-tails

Re: Stolen jacket on Jan. 30

To the editor:

I am sitting at my desk and can still hardly believe the events that have occurred tonight. I went to The Wave with a friend and was actually having a good time. I don't go there often, but when I do, I always use the coat check. It's a bit cold to leave my jacket in the car and also a bit too warm inside The Wave to wear it.

Of course it's a hassle to carry it around for the entire evening, so like always, I checked it at the door.

Tonight I was wearing my purple Western leather jacket and received one of those little pieces of paper with a number that are used to claim the jacket at the end of the night. We didn't stay too long, perhaps an hour and then were ready to leave.

When I searched my pockets, the claim ticket that I had received was nowhere to be found. I can only assume that it must have fallen out of my pocket and onto the floor.

I talked with the man at the coat check and explained the problem. I described the coat and described the contents of the jacket pockets, so he would be able to verify that it was actually my jacket. He looked through the racks but couldn't find the jacket. He said that only one purple Western leather jacket had been checked tonight, but it had already been claimed. I must admit that I still thought there had been a mistake and asked if I could look for it in the racks myself.

Even though it was against policy, he let me come behind the counter, and look. I searched for a very long time. I must have gone through all the racks at least five times, but the jacket was not there.

The reality started to settle in. He felt that someone had probably seen the ticket on the floor and used it to claim the jacket. He also said that there was the slight possibility that someone took it by accident. I've tried to think out the details of it being taken by accident and have deduced the following.

Someone would need to find the ticket on the floor, think that it was their ticket and come to the coat check and claim my jacket. At this point they would need to mistakenly think that it was their jacket, (even though my jacket was the only purple Western leather jacket that that was checked tonight.) Then while putting it on, they must have also mistakenly assumed that the black leather gloves, and the grey wool scarf was also theirs. Finally, they would put their hand in the pocket, and discover the keys to my apartment and car. I am almost expecting them to pop their head in the door here any moment. If they were able to get through all the other hurdles, why couldn't they find my car in the parking lot, take it also by accident, use my keys to get into the building and mistakenly come up to my apartment?

No, I don't suppose it was taken by accident. To the thief who is now has a free Western leather jacket – I hope you are enjoying it.

If you left your jacket in your car, and just needed something to keep you warm for tonight, of course I understand. It was cold on Thursday night between 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. when you took the jacket, and I could really feel it as I walked home in a T-Shirt. At least you were warm. Anyway, if you get a chance, take it back to the Wave, but not until you are finished with it.

Just tell them that you took it by accident and then we'll all understand.

Gordon Finlay
Philosophy II



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