Monday, February 04, 2008

Lost and Not Found

A few months ago, Birmingham News columnist John Archibald shared his misfortune of having his wallet stolen from the locker room at the YMCA. He was pretty tough on the unidentified criminal. I do not have the forum that Archibald has, so I will have to tell my story here. Perhaps you can help fight crime and bring to justice the thief who put a real damper on our weekend.

My 12-year-old son attended Winter Jam at the BJCC Saturday night and returned home WITHOUT HIS $40 AUBURN HOODIE. Seems he left his seat for a few minutes to visit the concession stand and returned to find that his jacket had been swiped from under his seat.

Dear readers, this simply will not do. You do not send your adolescent child into downtown Birmingham to a Christian concert with his church youth group and expect him to be ROBBED.

I have posted a photo of a similar Auburn hoodie here. The stolen merchandise was originally purchased at Anders, which, according to its website, doesn't have the exact hoodie in stock. So replacing the hoodie won't be easy. Or cheap.

The only added description I can offer is that it was probably enhanced with a moderate amount of cat hair and possibly with spots on the shoulder where the owner wipes his mouth during meals. Maybe these markings will lead to a quick ID and a speedy return.

Here's where you can help:

• If you attended Winter Jam and you witnessed this heinous crime, stand up and blow the whistle. I want names, physical descriptions, physical addresses. (And the Auburn hoodie, of course.)

• If your child attended this concert and left home not wearing an Auburn hoodie, but returned home wearing an Auburn hoodie, please have the good taste and common sense to return it.

I can't offer a reward, but I can post a nice thank-you note on this blog and bring to you a fair amount of fame. Plus, you'll feel really good about yourself.

Salvation is free. Auburn hoodies are not.