Volume 93, Issue 69

Wednesday, February 2, 2000


Take a bite out of crime

A little human touch

Take a bite out of crime

To The Editor:
I am writing regarding an incident that happened on Jan. 25. My friend and I went to the BookStore at about 11:30 a.m.. We put our backpacks outside of the store because we were discouraged from bringing them in earlier. About 20 minutes later, we left the BookStore and realized my friend's backpack had been thrown to one side and my backpack had disappeared.

We searched around the BookStore area, but could not find the backpack. We reported the incident to the staff at the BookStore and they directed us to the police. The people at the University Police Department were very helpful and understanding, but it did not help us locate my backpack.

The main reason I am writing this letter is to make everyone aware that real crimes do happen on campus and they can happen to you. They happen more often than you think, but you won't realize that until something happens to you or your friends. We need to be more aware of campus crime and safety issues.

The other reason I am writing this is to thank the people at the UPD for helping me through this difficult time. I greatly appreciate the time and effort they have put into this incident.

To the person who took my backpack – you have no idea how much trouble I went through last week. I have lost all of my notes and mid-terms are coming soon. The things in my backpack mean a lot to me, but have no value to you. Thank you for making my life very difficult. Hopefully, after reading this, you will feel guilty enough to drop my backpack somewhere a janitor can find it, so I could get some or all of my stuff back.

By the way, if you – the person who took my backpack – are reading this, how would you feel if the situation was reversed?

Flora Cheng
Kinesiology II

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