Stop me if I’ve told this story before, but…
Several years ago, we were driving down for a trip to Florida with the kids, and we had adopted a pay cash for everything model to ensure we stayed within our budget.
Anyhow, halfway down, we stayed the night near Gatlinburg, and the next morning drove through the Smokies. We came upon the Appalachian Trail, and decided to stop and get out so the kids, quite young at the time, could see the view. There was a huge lot with hundreds of cars. We dutifully kept our couple thousands of dollars in said vehicle locked in the glove box.
Or did we?
About 30 minutes later, as we’re standing looking out from this observation area, we go, “Hey, look at our car!”. Then, to our horror, we noticed one if the car doors had been left wide open! (This is one of the trials of having 5 kids…they have you outnumbered in your ability to keep track of everything they do every moment, because one of them failed to shut the door and we only noticed from an elevation hundreds of feet up!)
I rushed back down, and found that not only was the door left open, but the glove box was NOT locked.
The good news is that all the folks in the parking lot were find upstanding citizens, and our cash was untouched. But we learned a lesson that day.n carrying that much cash is a bad idea after all… especially when you have kids!