NEW YORK (OCN) Visiting New York City? If you leave your bags on a tour bus, this could unfortunately happen to you.
I was in New York for what was to be the most amazing Valentines weekend which kicked off with a night lights bus tour.
On the eve of Valentines (13th) we got off the bus and realised our bag was still on it! So stupid, it was a bitter cold evening, we were on the open air back seats, bag in the back rack, and just shivering with cold, so in the dark we quickly changed seats at traffic lights to a warmer spot further down the bus, minus the bag.
My bag contained my life, passport, id card, drivers license, medical card etc along with personal possessions that are irreplaceable along with precious photos, we hate ourselves for being so stupid, I guess the jet lag and bitter coldness numbed our senses!
We immediately informed a police officer as we realised the loss as soon as the bus drove away at 9.30pm, he told us to go to their office in Madame Taussauds which we did, the staff said they could not do anything (why could she not radio the driver) she said we had to wait until lost property opened at 8am the next morning.
With restaurant plans aborted we had a fraught night, but knew we were last off the night bus and we were told it went straight to an over night depot in Brooklyn, we had a glimmer of hope it would be handed in by staff.
The next morning at 8am we were at their central office and told nothing had been found by overnight cleaners, or the driver or tour guide, but they said they had no idea who the tour guide or driver or number of the bus that had been doing the tour that previous evening, I found it hard to stomach and was too emotional to talk or eat, I just wanted to be sick, we had paid to have a romantic cruise that day, followed by a stroll in Central Park, we spent it in emotional turmoil and 4 NYPD precincts!
The office manager told me that every bus would be searched before it went out on the streets, which mean that no member of public could of been in contact with my bag, and I believe if another tourist found the bag it would of been handed in, I have to accept the fact it has been stolen as the company say that no bag was handed in by staff.
My husband had to board the plane on the 15th as planned, and I had to say goodbye to him as I had to wait until after Presidents day to get emergency travel passport, there were many people queuing for travel documents as many passports had been stolen over the weekend.
I guess this happens in New York, like any other city, but I am just so upset it happened this way, I am having nightmares, panic attacks and suffering anxiety and physically feel sick that someone else has my identity, my photos, my valuables, my life.
I am not giving up, I keep emailing the company and ringing police central office, does anyone have any ideas or thoughts about what else I can do…Please…
My taxi driver said if it was a good thief he would return the bag minus the valuables, I said I had better hope that it was a ‘good’ thief then!!