My friend Mr. K just returned from a holiday in Jakarta yesterday. It was a weekend shopping trip with his wife and their 6 y.o. son. They bought so many stuffs that their bags were filled to the brim.
So he bought a new bag (expensive American Tourister) at Jakarta airport. They filled it with the brand new things that they bought, including his son’s new casual bag worth about RM 400 and his wife’s SK II skincare worth several hundreds more.
Why am I stressing on the $$$ value here?
Because when Mr. K and his family landed in KLIA yesterday morning...
They rushed to catch a bus back to town...
He told his wife and son to quickly board the bus and let him handle the luggage...
He loaded their bags into the trunk...
But he only loaded their old bags...
He left the new American Tourister containing their newly shopped goods by the roadside!
And the funny thing was when the bus was about to leave, he overheard the guy who was sitting behind him saying “Eh.. Ada satu beg tertinggal laa kat bawah tu..”
He glanced through the window, saw the bag and replied “Ye lah.. Ada beg..” but he didn’t even realize that it was HIS bag!
Only when they arrived and he took out the old bags from the trunk, he noticed his mistake!
So what did he do? He jumped into his car with his wife and son and drove like crazy to KLIA.
At that point of time his wife was super duper mad at him for two things:
1) He left the new bag containing the newly purchased goods by the roadside.
2) Before they left Jakarta, he took out his wife’s new stuffs from HER bag and put them into the new bag, thinking that all new stuffs should be in the new bag, without her knowledge!
Can you imagine how angry the wife was? Not only the new bag was gone, all HER new stuffs that she thought were safe in HER bag were also gone with the new bag! Adding to that, the son was very upset too, because the boy’s new RM 400 casual bag was also gone, as his dad put it inside the new American Tourister together with other new things they bought!
They reached KLIA and went looking for the bag where he last saw it when the bus left. It was no longer there. He headed to KLIA police station and lodged a report, though he knew the chance of the bag to be found was very slim. He didn’t put any bag tag and there was nothing inside the bag that could indicate that he was the owner.
Today he came to work and told us about the entire ordeal. His wife was still annoyed, not so much about the lost bag, but more about the “bag transfer” exercise that he did. His son couldn’t stop talking about the casual bag that he wanted so much was now gone. Mr. K was of course angry at himself for letting the entire thing happen. More so when he thought of his upcoming credit card bill, he would have to pay for things that he would never get to use!
Suddenly, at around 5 p.m., about 30 hours after the incident, he got a call from Subang Perdana police station. Guess what? They found a bag matching his bag’s description!
It was incredibly surreal for two reasons:
1) There was no indication anywhere that the bag was his
2) He left the bag at KLIA and they found it at Subang Perdana police station
He was so excited to go to the police station and find out if it was really his bag. All of us at the office prayed for it to be his, so that he would be out of his misery. He already said his nazar “If it’s my bag I will go to a mosque and put RM 100 into the tabung”.
So what can we learn from this?
1) Bring extra bag tag when you travel, so that you can put it on your new bag.
2) Be alert of your surroundings. Count your bags, big or small, old or new.
3) If you lost a bag, lodge police report immediately, no matter how slim you may think the chance of getting it back.
4) Have faith and pray for your bag to return to you.
One thing for sure, if the bag at the police station is really his bag, it will definitely restore my belief in Malaysian police force!