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For all the newcomers, this may come as a surprise to you but, there are people who want to take your bag, be very watchful over it.

I learned that 3 times in one day last weekend.

I had the day planned to busk at Laguna Beach. I started the day by getting my breakfast at a del taco, I left my bag right next to me on the counter next to self serve sauces. I'm taking my order and I'm distracted, with just a few second delay I notice this crazy old hag going through my bag looking for the money. I smile at her and say excuse me that's mine, she makes up some ridiculous reason saying she thought it was a del taco bag...

I thought to myself, I have to be more careful with this bag. Clearly I don't listen to myself as you'll see...

Right after I go to the 99cent store to get waters and fruit. I left my bag on the conveyor belt, but on the edge where it won't move. Suddenly I get a phone call from my Uber ride telling me he's outside. It causes me to rush out the store, forgetting about my bag.

I took the Uber ride and it wasn't until I arrived that I noticed my bag was left at the store.

Luckily I met up with a good friend who gave me a ride back to the store and I was lucky to retrieve it. A customer turned it in, if only the old hag from earlier knew I would've left my bag full with $60 in the open at the 99cent store, luckily most people are good and turn in lost items, at least when there's a camera pointed to them

Finally we get to the pitch, it's about 5pm. The pitch were working is an alley that has art along the wall and on a busy sidewalk. I'm a newcomer to busking. Being able to work with Jack Murdock was an honor, I learned so much just watching him work.

Like an idiot I left my bag out in the open again, on a bench about 10 feet behind us, I was watching him so I thought I had a good eye on the bag.

The problem with Laguna and all beaches in California is there is a homeless community. The alley we worked is a good pitch but it attracts them. Usually you'll see employees on break sitting on the benches and a homeless just lounging for a half hour and they'll leave.

I see 2 guys who seemed like bad guys, old bearded and had their cardboard signs. Jack was working his show and was quick to say the ol "don't worry about my uncles back there".

They were giving us looks, I thought they'd confront us about taking they're turf or something.

Once the show was done I noticed someone performed a dissapear ing act with my bag. Jack panicked more than I did. I was quick to look for cameras. Luckily there was 2 cameras that got everything. I went to the store and found the only person there was a teenager who had not clue how to operate the camera.

I ended up just calling the cops, I felt hopeless and didn't think the police would help much at all. 30 minutes later they sent out a lady officer, I detailed everything in my bag, the value was something around $600. In the middle of this a middle aged bro is trying to flirt with her, asking her to put him in handcuffs. She leaves, I give her my number says shell talk to the store employee and update me on what happened.

I can't cry about my bag all day, I go back to doing my shows. I end up forgetting about the bag. Then I get a phone call from the police department telling me they found my bag.it took them 30 minutes. I let out a big yell and it gave me all the hype I needed to do more shows. Going to the police department, the girl at the desk gave me the typical "we don't have anything, let me ask" Eventually the same lady officer comes out. seeing my bag with my 2 phones, tablet and $60 still there was so relieving. I feel like a good person too, giving a homeless guy a place to sleep for a few months...

I'll never forget this day, or where I leave my bag. Or my money or valuables, that won't ever be going in my bag ever again. They did end up keeping my collection hat only because I forgot about it, it was a dollar store fedora haha.
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That is a valuable lesson for everyone to remember!
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