(We saw that happen one time.)
Here it was the afternoon before the hotel shuttle would take us to the cruise ship the next day. My driver's license, all my credit cards, and my cash were missing--you know--not in my possession. Let me tell you that right about that time, I thought it was appropriate that immediate dementia would set in, take over my body, and someone would take me to the ER on a stretcher.
I thought I was lucky that I met a wonderful rental car employee in their Lost and Found Department. If I could have only been lucky enough to find that "our" rental car was still there and no one had rented it again before I arrived. NO SUCH LUCK!
Let's see--this was Wednesday, September 28th and we got on the cruise ship the next day, Thursday, September 29th. During the evening before the shuttle took us to the cruise ship, I dutifully called all of our credit card companies and cancelled what I thought were all of our credit cards. We had no way to know if our credit cards were just lost, or could be stolen. I thought I was "smart" and asked that the new cards be mailed to our home--not such a smart idea since we had planned several weeks of visiting relatives in New York and researching on site in several NY counties after the cruise.
So--please beware! When traveling, debit cards are great for shopping for groceries and goods, but not for ships, hotels, or rental car companies. In fact, some of them will add "hefty" charges to your bill until they receive notification from the bank that you have sufficient funds. For some reason ships, hotels, and rental car companies (unless at an airport location) don't want to instantly find out if you have sufficient funds in your bank account to cover their larger charges.
Finally! Thank God for a persistent car rental Lost and Found employee at Newark Airport and an honest car rental attendant at another rental location. The Lost and Found employee tracked the car and contacted a car rental attendant at the off site location. He found the wallet! Glory Be! He made arrangements for FedEx to overnight the wallet to the Newark Airport rental car company Lost and Found employee.
We were able to pick up my wallet with everything in tact--my driver's license, credit cards, bills, and other important sheets of paper right down to the pennies, notes, and stamps at the Newark Airport car rental company the day we finished our genealogy cruise. We were very thankful for the diligence and persistence of two of their employees at different locations to retrieve what could have been an even more disastrous situation with greater loss.
We were very joyous and relieved to find that people all over the country, at least where we have visited, have been friendly, courteous, and respectful of others' property, especially when traveling. We have always tried to be careful with our belongings, and not lose anything. However, this time, we were not careful enough. It is not enough when on a trip to count the bags--we also must make sure that our smaller bags, like laptops, purses, etc. have everything in them that is supposed to be there.
We had time to visit three cemeteries, two that I had not visited at Bay Shore where my husband's cousins' parents were buried in 1944, Oakwood, and 1952, St. Patrick's, and the Babylon Rural Cemetery where my husband's parents, paternal grandfather, paternal great-grandparents and many other Robbins' ancestors are buried.