Emilie,After reading that, I went back to Craig's List and saw that the ad was gone. Either she sold the stroller, or she got scared and pulled the ad. It's a nice enough note, but I'm still skeptical about her story. For one thing, her Craig's List ad said she bought the stroller new, yet this e-mail says she got it off eBay. Besides, BOB strollers aren't too common on Craig's List, and I don't buy the coincidence. (And I wrote back and told her so.) But since I haven't been able to find the serial number for the stroller, and since we haven't been able to see the stroller in person, I have no proof that it's ours. Just a gut feeling. I think it's time to let it go, though, and enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Wow. I am most certainly not that person. Our family lives in Hinkley, MN and we purchased our B.O.B. off Ebay about 6 months ago and I had figured it would be much easier to sell while we are down here in the cities for the fair since we just purchased a new one in a different color. I am so sorry to hear what your family is going through and the nerve of someone to steal a stroller.. Who does that? That person will get what is coming to them for sure, I am a strong believer in karma as well. We will keep your family in our prayers.
More correspondence ... I am having trouble letting this go, and I am plagued with doubts about whether I am right or wrong about this person. Why I am posting all this on my blog, I have no idea, especially when one of my notes is shamefully rude and never should have been written. I should just stop, shouldn't I?
This is the one that really was beneath me:
Only you know whether you're telling the truth -- there's no point in trying to convince me with a nice note. BOB strollers aren't too common on Craig's List, and to see one fitting the exact description of mine listed just two days after it was stolen? Ha. I will remain skeptical until I see the stroller, and I highly doubt that's going to happen, right?
How dare you continue to harass me about my stroller that you apparently think is yours. Convince you with a nice note? I was being nice because your story makes me sick and I felt bad for you. I know how sickened I would feel if someone stole my stroller from me, but then, I wouldn't leave my $400 stroller sitting in front of my house, ever. But regardless, I sold my stroller yesterday so I suppose you'll have to remain skeptical for the rest of your life. Hopefully you do find your stroller, just so you can feel like crap for jumping to conclusions and being completely rude to me. Good Luck!
And, suddenly wondering if all this has been a giant coincidence after all but not ready to throw in the towel completely, an attempt to make peace.
[Name],Please, make this stop.
I admit the tone I took was rude and beneath me, and I sincerely apologize if you are an innocent person blindsided by being on the receiving end of this exchange. I can understand how that would make you feel pretty crappy. I can only hope that you understand how I must be feeling right now. I am still sick and angry about the theft of our stroller and still too stunned about the extreme coincidence of seeing an exact same description of one being sold on Craig's List two days later. I do realize that I may be wrong, but I also can't completely dismiss the possibility that I'm not. Perhaps you would have the same feelings if you were in my shoes. You seem like an empathetic person in your e-mails, so I hope you can understand that.
I know that over time, as my anger and sorrow die down, I will have a better attitude toward this whole situation. It's just a stroller, after all, and there are many more important things in life than that type of stuff. God knows, I of all people should know that. I just had a real sentimental attachment to this particular stroller. But I won't digress about that.
I hope this helps you understand where I'm coming from.
P.S. Just so you know, people in my neighborhood do leave their strollers out in the yard when they take their children inside, and sometimes they even leave them there for a little while, believe it or not. It's that trusting kind of neighborhood, which is why the theft was so surprising. We never leave it out overnight, but it only takes a split second to steal something.