Letter to the Editor: Losing faith in honesty

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September 16, 2010

9:30 PM

I just wanted to share a word of warning to fellow my William and Mary students, particularly those who live in residence halls.

As much as we would like to think we live in a community of honor, incidents happen now and again which can serve as useful reminders that this is not always the case.

A few days ago I had my wallet stolen from my room at 7:30 a.m. in the morning. Around 7:20 a.m., I stepped out of my single room in Giles Hall, closed my door, and headed to the shower. About 10 minutes, later I returned to find my door wide open, my desk in disarray with my wallet missing.

As a Resident Assistant, I find this event troubling. At the same time, it is a wake-up call for me and others. While the material loss only amounted to $20 in cash, the hassle of canceling credit cards, obtaining new IDs, etc. is one stress I would have gladly avoided.

Clearly, this is partly my fault, since I left my door unlocked — even if only for ten minutes. I guess I was just naive enough to think that my stuff would be safe. Hopefully, my story will convince you of the need to keep your doors locked and valuables secured.

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