Parties - The Google dictionary has one definition of a party as, "a social gathering of invited
guests, typically involving eating, drinking, and entertainment."
We all like a good party. It's great to have a good chat, meet other people and relieve the stress and pressures of the day.
Some food, a drink (in moderation) and a good laugh is usually just what the doctor ordered, however, there is a sinister side to some parties.
Everyone has a mobile phone (except me) and always carries their wallet or purse around with them either in their pockets or draped over the shoulder, so when you go to a party, the phone etc. comes with you.
It seems that there are times while at the party, some people, whether they get complacent or have their awareness reduced by intoxicating liquor or even guided by trust, leave their valuables somewhere at the party where other persons may have access to them throughout the night.
If this occurs, you are giving a person who gravitates towards thievery (a crook) the opportunity to steal your phone, wallet/purse or all of the above.
At the end of the night when the smoke and noise have dissipated, and the lights go on you find that your valuables have also dissipated.
By the time that you realise what has happened your credit cards have been used down the local 24 hour shop and your bank account is at least a couple of hundred dollars down.
Please be vigilant at parties. Only take with you what you can look after.
Phones and wallets in pockets when not in use.
Ladies, I find a little clutch bag draped over the shoulder is a great way of storing your valuables along with a chapstick and some lippy.
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