I tend to be absent-minded a bit, especially when it comes to the minor details of daily life, especially when doing something outside my normal daily routine, such as setting things down somewhere other than it's usual storage place.
It's not been a serious issue for me up to this point, as I'll usually rember said items a few minutes later, and go retrieve them from wherever. I dunno if it's southern Cali in general, or this particular gym, but going back to get my stuff is no longer an option.
Thus far I've been relieved of 2 pairs of shorts, and 2 sets of straps. one pair of shorts I had JUST taken off after having sat in the sauna, sat them on the bench to go weigh and dry hair, and they were gone after literally 2 minutes of unattention. I was dumbfounded.
Most recently I had set my straps down at the base of the super press, as I didn't need them for that particular exercise, and forgot to pick them up when I moved to cables. After 3 sets of 6 reps and the rest in between I realized what I'd done and went to get the straps, and they were gone...
Here's the kicker. After checking the front desk to see if they were turned in (they weren't) I irately went back to the cables to simmer, when I notice a guy at the water fountain fumbling with his sweatsuit jacket, and out falls a pair of straps. It's the gym, people bringf their straps, but soon after they fell to the grown, this little fucker makes a swift and nervous motion to swoop them up and wrap them in his jacket agan. My simmer then became a full on pressure cooker whistle. I walked over to him and sternly asked for my straps back, which he, again super nervously, handed them over and fumbled out that he was intending to take them up front. Nothin like adding a ball-faced lie as the cherry on top of a theft sunday.
I guess it's no big deal when the dust settles, it's just what was taken, and the manner in which the stuff was lifted has left me flabbergasted. I used to be trusting in the general good of man-kind, but that's been slowly eaten away here lately. /rant