This happened two days ago when I had to go to a shopping mall called Westfield. I was there to receive my copy of Zelda Skyward Sword as well as trading in the frustrating Goldeneye Reloaded for possibly Skyrim.
The story begins as I drove to Westfield, got into the car park, its one of those car parks that requires you to get a ticket and if you are only there for 3 hours or less you wouldn't need to pay anything, then they charge you per hour after etc etc. My mind was still deep in thoughts about my grandfather's death that happened a few days ago so I wasn't really paying attention to what's happening around me. So I got into the shopping mall, got Skyward Sword, got rid of the stupid annoying Goldeneye Reloaded and traded it in for Skyrim. I then walked around the mall a little bit, went into Toys R Us and wandered around like a pedophile, I even went into the girls section for a bit (What? I like Monster High, don't judge me.) I spent around half an hour in the mall pretty much, but I have seen enough so I went back to my car ready to leave. Then it happened... to my horror my car park ticket is missing!! Its not in my wallet, that's where I usually keep it! I then checked inside the car maybe I dropped it somewhere, I checked all the pockets on my pants and jacket.. NOTHING! This has never happened to me before, I am usually very careful about where I keep my stuff, I even have a system I follow, wallet on the right pocket, phone on the left pocket, car keys on the back pocket and car park tickets ALWAYS into the wallet. I have failed my system... So I retraced my paths throughout the car park to see if I dropped it anywhere but I had no luck. I then called my girlfriend to tell her I am stuck in the car park and may have to spend the rest of my days in there, she told me to relax and check how much I have to pay for missing car park tickets, I checked... $40. Thats about half the cost of Zelda Skyward Sword! My heart sank... but I had to pay it if I wanna leave... But I thought since I lost my ticket I might as well spend more time in the mall and try to get the money's worth, I then thought I will retrace my paths again more carefully, this time going into every shop I went into before. I went into the game shop, the Hi-Fi shop, CD shop, clothing store, the food court and of course Toys R Us. I walked around Toys R Us and thought whether I should check out the girls section, I didn't wanna feel awkward but might as well..... Then as I walked into the girls section, on the floor right there... a white ticket? I walked closer and gasped. Right in front of my eyes was a car park ticket!! I was really happy knowing I found my ticket! But then things got weird.... I looked closer at the details of the ticket and realised the ticket wasn't mine... The date written on it was the day's date however the time was different, I was pretty sure I didn't spend nearly 3 hours in the mall, I was in there for an hour max! I looked at the ticket and I looked at the time, I kid you not, I had around 10 minutes left before I had to pay for the parking! So some poor fella has dropped their ticket and I who lost my ticket happened to find it and I had 10 minutes left before I had to pay anything? I didn't have time to think.. I ran as fast as I could back to my car and did some Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift down to the bottom level and to the ticket machine! I inserted the ticket and guess what... like Moses parting the sea, the gate opened. I swear as the gate opened I could almost hear some angels singing Hallelujah around me.
This had to be the strangest and luckiest day for me, imagine if I didn't walk into the girls section of Toys R Us, I wouldn't have retraced my steps back there to find another person's missing ticket. Then what are the chances of another person dropping a ticket and I was the one who found it? Then like a movie plot, time was against me as I had only 10 minutes to get my ass out of there! Also... where the hell was MY ticket?! I never found my ticket, when I got out of the car park I even searched the whole car and shopping bags and everything, I had no memory of where I placed the ticket after I took it (If I didn't take the ticket I wouldn't be able to get into the car park.). I feel sorry for the person who dropped their ticket and has to pay $40, but I want them to know that their clumsiness has helped another person out for his clumsiness... so in a way their lost wasn't exactly a bad thing... think of it as a charity for a poor starving kid.
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