Not all retirement dreams are filled with mansions and pearly gates, luxury sports cars and yachts. Some include modest vacation homes on a Hawaiian island. But what happens when someone threatens that dream? When they invade your space and vandalize that dream.
My parents live everyone’s ultimate retirement dream – to retire at 45 and spend every winter on a Hawaiian island. It’s a dream that started at the age of eighteen for my father and gave him the drive and motivation to achieve it by living frugally and saving like a fiend.
It’s that time of year that my retiree parents head off to sunshine land for six months of sun, surf and sand. Normally, it’s an exciting time for them and I get the usual call that they’ve arrived safely and are enjoying the warmth.
Not this time.
It was with a shock that I received a call from my mother two weeks ago after they arrived. She was panic stricken and full of disbelief. It was earlier than usual to receive a call from them and on my cell – which is highly irregular. She sounded scared, exhausted and quite literally freaked out. I immediately got a panicky feeling in the pit of my stomach, my thoughts raced and I had a surge of fear I did not like. I thought oh my god, something’s wrong with my dad, did he have a heart attack? OMG OMG, what’s happening? I managed to calm down, reminding myself that she hasn’t said what’s wrong yet. I asked my mother what was wrong.
“How could someone do this?” She said. “You wouldn’t believe what they did!”
Huh? What? What did they do? And who did it?
“They broke your father’s truck and the insurance company has condemned it.” She told me in a saddened tone.
WTF!? Condemned, what? Honestly, what’s wrong with people?!
Call it what you will, bad economic times, the state of the economy; but what makes someone do something evil and disrespectful to someone else? The last time I checked, we were no longer in the Wild West and much more civilized.
I was disgusted to hear that someone drilled a hole in the gas tank of their truck, sliced the filler hose to the tank, stole both license plates and had the balls to scrape the inspection sticker off the rear bumper.
All for a quarter tank of gasoline.
Likely, after being disgusted with the lack of gas in the truck, they then attempted to break open the sliding door on their vacation home. Without success I may add and leaving behind blood on the door.
I suppose it’s a sign of the times. People watch your property, know you’re not there and try to steal what they can. My father is pretty ingenious and has security measures for exactly these types of things, which is probably why they couldn’t get into the house. In the end, I’m glad they got there safe and are okay. It’s just a pain for seniors to be without a car for two weeks and the extra worry of securing things further. Thanks to the local police for being so helpful!
It breaks my heart to hear that my favorite place to be in the world is now tarnished. I’ve always known that there are homeless people and wanderers on the island…people with signs outside of Costco saying “May god bless you, please give me money so I can eat.”
Even in paradise, it’s a dog eat dog fight.
It’s sad to say but Hawaii has turned into the Wild West.
Did you know that if your car breaks down, you cannot leave it by the side of the road in Hawaii? You have to get it towed immediately or it will be stripped bare by the next morning. Check out Hawaii Troubles for further reading http://www.to-hawaii.com/troubles.php
Annual property crimes number 45,889 on the Big Island.
Your chances of becoming a victim of property crime are 1 in 30 or an average of 33.38 (national median is 29.1)
Honesty. Integrity. Pride. What are your drivers for staying successful and avoiding the tough economic times? What would you do if you lost everything? What would you do to make ends meet? For some, it means stealing from others.