The Big Theft
A few weeks ago I made the already hard decision to sell my MacBook Pro. I realized that it was high time to get rid of it and just change out some things as far as my “digital real estate” is concerned.
Before I continue, I want to note that the term “digital real estate” was coined first, as much as I know, by blogger John Saddington.
So, as I was saying…I needed the cash. I REALLY needed the cash, so I went on ahead and took the big giant risk of using Craigslist. It wasn’t so much the fact that I used Craigslist as much as it was HOW I utilized it, which in turn, cost me a MacBook.
The individual named “Peter Brooklyn” appeared SO very real. He said he was out of California and was interested. He then created a fake associate using PayPal named “Kelvin” via E-Mail. I shipped my MacBook not realizing that I was in the midst of a very devious scheme.
I sent the MacBook and everything from the “cash hold” to the E-Mails about the transaction appeared to be fine but then things started getting suspicious. Via E-Mail, I as informed that the payment could not be made because of technical difficulties and therefore had to be postponed till next week. I also noticed something else strange…the fact that the amount of cash that was on hold was nearly $100 more than what was originally posted.
Before I realized what it truly was, it was too late. It took me a day or two to really let it sit in my mind and heart. Needless to say, I was both embarrassed, angry and ashamed and frustrated…and rightfully so!
I was taken…and very much cheesed off. So, what did I do!? The hardest thing I ever had to do in a situation both new and hurtful to me…pray!
Praying While Stung
I dealt with the fact that I was caught in something that I should’ve carefully walked through and thought long and hard about. I also learned a valuable lesson about the usage of Craigslist and for now I don’t intend to use them…EVER!
The most difficult thing to do in this situation was to pray for this man. I didn’t know this man and I never met him face to face. I could only imagine what he looked like. I could only imagine him smiling and laughing, saying under his breath that I was such a “fool” and a “sucker.”
I had SO many choice words I wanted to express but I chose not too.
Oh man…I wanted to say some condemning, hurtful and angry things about this guy. But another part of me just kept saying “no, don’t do that. It’s not worth it. What if it was you? What if it was you?”
It was driving me crazy. I was already angry about the fact I lost a very expensive laptop to a criminal and yet I was thankful to God that I had the foresight to clean out the laptop entirely in order to keep any information connected to me from being taken.
So, how did I deal with the frustration…I prayed! I pray even now that he knows something more than just scamming people online or in person. I pray he sees and knows true peace and true love and that he repents and changes his life, if not for me, but for God and Christ. I pray that he knows that I’m not even going to stay mad at him. If he needed the laptop or the money from potentially selling it on some crazy black market then he probably needed it a LOT more than me.
The Blessing Behind Being Bamboozled
Losing that one MacBook made me think about the fact that I at least still have other resources. It wasn’t the only laptop I had. The thief only got away with taking what was one of my least used laptops as of late. It was one of my most favorite, but at the end of the day, the thief took a paperweight that will, more than likely in his hands, won’t last but for a little while.
I’m meticulous about the care of my technology be it my laptop or home base computer and I own two good and healthy ones and that’s ALL I need.
I realized that I didn’t need that laptop anyway, and honestly, I have more than enough technological ammo in my arsenal.
I hate that what happened to me actually happened because I could’ve used the money. But, in the end, I learned a valuation lesson about being thankful for what I have, another lesson on forgiving others who wrong you and treat you badly and that I have more than enough.
The thief took a laptop. A simple, little laptop. But, he can’t take the creative history that I gained from it. He can’t take the things from that laptop that mattered the most to me. And more importantly, I have all that I need and more and even in the midst of my own personal and financial needs…I’m blessed even after being bamboozled.