At work today, sometime between 8:50am and 12:20pm, I was paid a visit by a person henceforth known as "Idiot". Idiot proceeded to punch out the door lock on my car and enter the vehicle. Then Idiot hammered in the ignition switch on my steering column and twisted the steering column housing. After this, Idiot ripped out and stole the my cheapy $140 car stereo. And in a final despicable act of sheer cowardice, Idiot took my cell phone car charger.
After a couple of hours and phone calls to my insurance company, police and auto shop, I was in a tow truck on my way to a 300 dollar deductible and a rental car.
One thing I didn't know was that while my insurance policy has comprehensive and collision coverage, it doesn't foot the bill for a rental car (hence the low-buck Hyundai Accent rental currently sitting in my garage). I guess that's the price I pay for a circa $100 monthly car insurance bill. ;)
And while I could think of a million other creative names to call the offender, I think 'Idiot' is the most appropriate only because there was a knapsack-style camera bag holding my Canon Rebel XT DSLR, 3 Canon lenses and a miniDV camcorder in the front passenger side footwell which Idiot somehow missed.
Needless to say, when the camera bag accompanies me to work, it's coming into the office with me from now on.
Hopefully my car will be fixed up in a day or two. Twelve years and 330,000km aside, the car's still in very good shape, but I think I'm only a few months away from a new car purchase, so I don't think I'll spring for a car alarm system on this one (not that it necessarily would have stopped Idiot from being an idiot anyway).
Hope everyone had a better day than I did.