Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The CD Player

Okay Kelly, here is the story you requested...


On Saturday, Cody and I headed with Caleb to Seven Peaks. We decided that having to pay 5 dollars to park each time we go is a rip off (plus I know the owner, and he is a cheap skate like none other I have met), so we parked at the Peaks Ice Arena next door. We stayed at the park for a little less than 3 hours and once we had been on all the good rides, we decided to leave.

When we got to the car Cody opened my door for me, I got in, and then said something to the effect of "Cody...you're gonna be mad..."

His CD player was missing (this is the 5th time this has happened to him FYI). The funny thing is that the people took the time to lock back up the doors. And luckily they didn't break or damage anything.

While Cody got in the car to check things out I had an "impression" to go to the other side of the parking lot. I didn't know why, but I followed it. When I got out of the car I noticed two people getting into a truck and I ran after them. When I got to the side of the truck they started to pull away. I didn't know what to do, or why I was "impressed" to go over there, so I just did the first thing I could think of...I banged on the side of the truck to get their attention. They tried to drive off, very forcefully, 3 times while I was in the process of talking to them. I finally got the chance to ask for a jump, the car battery had died in the thieving process.

The people in the car were acting weird and the driver, a young girl whispered, "What should we do?" The boy then whispered, "I'll take care of it. I'll just go in my car." HELLO, I am right next to your window. I can hear what you are saying. By all of this sketchiness and attitude I got the "impression" (haha) that they were the ones who had stolen the CD player, but said nothing. I mean, what was I going to say...really?

The boy then got out of the truck, which was already running and in perfect position to drive to our car to help us, and got in his car to help us. Which I thought was so weird. Why wouldn't you just take the truck you were already in? Suspicious, I tried to get a glimpse into the backseat of the truck, the girl saw me, and peeled off...then just stopped a few feet later.

When the boy got to our car, he wouldn't make eye contact with us. Cody was trying to say thank you for the help, but he wouldn't look up. Then Cody noticed that the kids hands were shaking like crazy and in a matter of about 3 minutes, he went from being perfectly normal to being soaking wet with sweat, it was pouring down his face.

Meanwhile, as I sat in the car I noticed the boy look in at me and see the center console where the CD player once was. I made a face and shrugged my shoulders, as if to say "Sucks huh." He just looked away.

When Cody's car was started and ready to go, I got out and went to say thank you. I then heard Cody say (remember that I did NOT tell him about my "impression" that the kid was the culprit) "Did you steal it?" The kid said, "What?" As if he didn't know...pppfff. Then Cody said, "My CD player, did you take it?" There was a pause. You could see the guilt in his eyes. It was intense that both Cody and I could tell without a doubt that he had done it. He then replied, "No." (another pause) "If I had taken your CD player, I wouldn't be here helping you." And Cody said, "I don't mean to accuse you, you just seem REALLY nervous." The kid didn't know what to do, and neither did we.

Realistically, if I were just put on the spot like this kid was, I probably would have denied it to. It is hard to be honest and say, "Yeah, that was a total a-hole thing for me to do. Here is your CD player back."

He then quickly got in his car and drove back to the girl in the truck. As we got into our car I told Cody about my "impression" as well. It was kind of frustrating that we had to just let him get away. I mean, what cop is going to arrest someone because you feel like they took your CD player? So, we got in the car and we just so happened to be behind them.

We noticed that the girl in the truck was staring at us in her rear view mirror and then turned out of the parking lot like a bat out of hell (haha, I just like that saying). We were also headed that way, but she must have got scared and thought we were following them because at the next light she tried to do the 'fake like I'm going left, then at the last minute swerve and go right' trick. After that shenanegan we decided to take down her license plate number and call the local police department.

In the end, the police didn't do jack. They rarely do. He just wrote up a report and told us that there was little chance we would get it back...no duh, you idiot. So we went home and showered and got ready for our night time events that we had planned.

While I was in the shower, Cody decided to type the boy a note. It was a nice and very well written note saying something like "We don't want to get you in trouble, we just want the CD player back." Cody wanted to put it in the boy's car. Remember, he had left it in the parking lot.

An hour after we had left the scene, we were on our way back and who do you suppose we saw walking down the street? The boy himself. haha. We, mostly feeling bad for the kid and his poor life decisions, pulled over and ask him if he needed a ride back to his car. He didn't notice us right away, but when it finally clicked. You could just see the shame in his eyes. He said no to our offer, and we drove away. We did, however, leave the note in his car. It had our phone number in it. He never called.

There you have it, that is our story. The end.



Oh my gosh. That's so lame. I would have been freaking out, and gone off, but Chris, the normal one in the relationship, would have been super mellow and normal like you guys.

Way to be the nice guys...

Brother and Sister Harker

That is CRAZY!