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An Open Letter to the Person Who Stole My Camera…

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Dear clever person who stole my camera from the Barcelona train station — yes, you are oh so clever. I must say, I read about your ilk in all the guidebooks and could not even imagine how you might be able to get my beloved camera from my ever-watchful grasp, but you and your band of accomplices managed to play me and my group of friends like a fine tuned instrument. I am still only guessing at what you did to me.

Regardless, because I have no idea who you are, or what you look like, my mind has conjured up all sorts of images of you. The most vivid image I have is of your clan dancing about in wicked delight, like some coven of witches on the summer solstice, when you opened my camera bag to reveal a Nikon D800, 50mm macro lens and 24–70mm f/2.8 lens.

Yes, you scored quite a setup with enough to start a small photography business. As a matter of fact, the camera body you have in your possession does form the backup body for my business, and what you have are my two key workhorse lenses.

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When I realized what you had done, I went through all the typical stages of a loss; denial quickly gave way to anger, and it is in anger where I am currently mired the deepest. I feel horribly violated by your ruthless and callous touching and taking of my things, and the fact that I was so far away from home and unable to communicate with seemingly uncaring authorities only exacerbated the extreme sense of helplessness I felt.

But the anger that stays with me is a rage over the unjustness of the fact that what you took from me were items that I had worked hard for. I work really hard for everything I have.

I’ve experienced a lot of personal self-sacrifice in my life to get where I am and to have the things I have. I put myself through college so I could earn a living, and when I wanted more out of life, I put myself through graduate school, at night, taking time away from my children and friends so that I could make a better life for us.

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It never once occurred to me that if I wanted something I could just go take it from someone else. So I am having a rather difficult time wrapping my brain around the audacity of you to just lead an existence where rather than work at a job to get along in life, you work at just taking whatever you feel like from hard-working people.

I’d like to believe that the foundation of my faith and religious teachings is accurate, and that it is true that your justice will be meted out and our maker will deal with you at the time He sees fit. But because I am not a patient person, I also take some solace in my belief that there is such a thing as karma here on Earth, and that it will bite you in the ass probably sooner rather than later.

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You should know that I did have serial numbers for all of that equipment, and it is all registered and reported as stolen, so I really do hope that your attempts to fence it are met with at least some semblance of difficulty.

I have gone over the scenario over and over in my mind and am starting to reach the stage of acceptance, where I realize that what you took from me is, after all, just “stuff,” and stuff can eventually be replaced. I am grateful that at no time did I ever feel bodily threatened and none of our party was in any way harmed. But there is one final thing that bothers me that I just cannot let go of…

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You see, the morning you decided to help yourself to my camera was not just any morning … it was my dear friend Julia’s birthday. And early that morning, as we were having breakfast, our group shared a little impromptu celebration with her — just a precious little moment of life — and I captured it. I did not have time to download the cards before going to the train station. Therefore, you have also stolen my memories, and those, dear thief, are the very foundation upon which my business is built.

You see, I am a professional photographer, and what I do for a living is capture and preserve memories for my clients. It is the part of my business that I hold in the highest esteem, and I recognize the enormity of the responsibility with which I am privileged to be trusted. So to shoot for a client and not be able to deliver the final product, their memories, would be about the worst possible thing I could ever imagine.

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So I ask you, train station thief, whoever you are: if you have any semblance of a conscience whatsoever, could you please just return my memory cards? I am easy to find; my name and website are written all over them (yes, “them,” I shoot with more than one card to insure against loss … pretty ironic, isn’t it?)

Please. You have taken a piece of my livelihood, you have taken the fun out of my vacation, you have stolen a piece of my soul, shattered my sense of security and have cast doubt on my belief in humanity … could you please just return my memories?


Author’s note: I would like to offer my most sincere apology for using the phrase “band of gypsies” in my original version of this post. I was completely ignorant of the fact that “gypsy” refers to a particular ethnicity or race of people and I am truly sorry that my unfortunate choice of words was offensive or could be considered racist. My choice of words was a mistake, and I am truly sorry.


About the author: Marianne Hawkins Sabrier is a New Orleans-based wedding portrait and event photographer who works together with her husband. Together, they share a passion for photography, music, food, wine, cooking and travel — not necessarily in that order, and best if all done at the same time — preferably in the company of good friends and family. You can see more of her work here. This article was originally published here.


 
  • Trebor

    I don’t give a flying fart about Gypsies. As if they contribute so much to the world. You’re all hypocrites. Stop pretending you care.

  • HatAndBeard

    All these comment on supposed racism are not balanced. I have been several times in Barcelona, hanging out with people doing “not-so-legal” stuff. Spain going through a very difficult economic phase. Illegal and criminal activities get more intense. Individual often feel they belong social groups. And in the illegal business, activities like steeling, drugs dealing, control of prostitution, selling alcohol on streets, doing illegal tax avoidance, are often distributed among different groups of interest, which is smart and efficient. Racism is the stigmatization of people, accusing them of having this or that behaviors only because they belong to a social group that we associate with this or that behavior. Banksters aren’t necessary white male with fine education, and Afro-Americans who succeed aren’t necessary musicians or sportsmen.

  • wylun

    i am actually interested in the specifics of how it was stolen… b/c you have to face facts of what kind of world we live in today and what people are capable of.. and if you just leave your stuff unattended then sorry its the your fault then. I’m not condoning that her stuff got stolen b/c it is wrong, but you have to be smart enough not to leave your camera, bag, luggage unattended b/c anything can happen, ESPECIALLY when you are someplace you are unfamiliar with.

    just something I wanted to say b/c she was not specific at all on how it was stolen

  • Scott in Montana

    Security while traveling abroad can be exhausting! Vigilance 24-7. Mostly because we take so much stuff with us that it’s nearly impossible to keep track of it all. One can never let his/her guard down. Here are a few things I’ve figured out in the last 30 odd years packing camera gear and other stuff around the world.

    Fact: The world is a different place today. Traveling was so much safer and easier in most of the world in the 70’s. The trickiest thing was getting our film through airport x-rays without damage. No laptop, no cell phone, no video games.
    Fact: Many American tourista go on holiday with clothing, cameras, technology, credit cards and cash, the value of which most of the world’s citizens could never amass in a lifetime.
    Fact: We look like Americans. You can spot us from a mile away. We’re here with our gear! The brands, the tech, the swagger and volume. American’s stand out in the crowd. As an German friend of mine says, “You can tell an American a long way off, but when he gets up close, you can’t tell him anything”
    Fact: There are people, individuals and in very organized groups that are in the business of ripping you off. Everywhere, beware, prepare.
    Fact: The cops can rarely help you.

    Do: Insure your valuables!
    Do: Simplify. You’ll have more fun! Try leaving that ostentatious DSLR and lenses home and bring a quiet, little, lightweight mirrorless and a single lens.
    Do: Try to fit in. Learn a little of the language. Meet some people. It enriches your experience. Try to look “local.” No ballcaps ;-) Put your camera down once in a while. See places through your eyes instead of the viewfinder.
    Do: Think like a thief. Watch each other’s back!

    Don’t travel alone. It’s safer. Try to travel with a partner or partner up with fellow travelers when you get there. This may require that you brush up on your people and language skills. The best times I’ve had and photos I’ve taken abroad are with folks I’ve met along the way.
    Don’t flaunt it.
    Don’t spend all your time at monuments and cathedrals. This is where the bad guys spend a lot of their time because this is where tourists spend a lot of their time. I love the cities and all they offer, but the stress is less in the countryside.
    Don’t always travel at peak tourist season. Everything is a little cheaper, easier and safer in off peak times of the year.
    Don’t complain if they get your stuff! They’re experts and they win sometimes. You have to be an expert too.

    I know, I know. A master of the obvious. I leave on my next trip, to Eastern Europe (Gypsy Country,) next month. Number one on my list; Make amazing photographs. Number two; Get home with all my stuff! Peace and Love!

  • Dixie Normus

    change your screen name to ahole

  • David Somerset

    I’ve traveled with my Nikon D90 to almost a dozen countries and the one place where someone tried to steal it was — guess what? — Barcelona! Luckily, it was a lousy attempt, made at one Starbucks, by a guy who found my camera bag strongly attached to a baby stroller. I look in amazement as he simply tried to take the bag, nonchalantly. As he noticed it wouldn’t move (and that we had noticed him), he made a gesture implying he had simply bumped against it.

  • Sewer Trout

    Cool Story

  • Bernard

    You should correct “Romanians” to Gypsies from Romania (and Moldova). Most of the “racist” comments probably come from people who don’t live in Europe and don’t know the situation.

  • Carol DeAnda

    Wow….This person just had all the gear stolen and is a victim of crime and here you guys are trying to make this something its not! I would just love to see what you had to say if someone stole of of your gear…I hate all the internet trolls and people who are getting up on the high horse it really makes me sick. I feel like the trolls like this just feed on people when they obviously didn’t mean anything to be taken in an offensive way. Especially considering the poster was a VICTIM OF CRIME! Get of your high horses people….seriously!

  • Carol DeAnda

    This is the truest comment on here!

  • Carol DeAnda

    where did you get the idea she had unprotected client work? Learn to read! She said “would be” not “will be”
    So I think you need to take back what you said!

  • Carol DeAnda

    Her work is great, you must be blind…why don’t you go edit some of your far superior photos with Piknik! You are a low life…congrats!

  • Carol DeAnda

    Get off your high horse, I see you have internet which must mean you also have rich white problems….Hey lets go to Spain and put some money into their economy…..actually wait…..that seems like that helps a countries economy !!! Countries count on tourism for income!! Im ashamed you are so dumb you didn’t know that!

  • Carol DeAnda

    You sir are an ass-hat, I can’t wait till karma comes and you have your personal belongings stolen!

  • Carol DeAnda

    Sweet so it would be cool for a Mexico City Vacation then? Cartel Shmartel right?

  • Nick

    Nowadays people will cry “racism” at anything.

  • Anthony

    It seems as though far too many people here have gotten all soft over what’s “P.C.” and now think that saying anything that could slightly offend anyone is racism. I can’t make it any clearer, to suspect a group of people who are abundant in the area as well as the rest is not a racist thing to do. To strait up accuse them would be getting close, but still not racist.

    You didn’t break anything to me, I’m having to explain why people are throwing this word around incorrectly because people seem to think that it’s the right word to use. Just like the words epic and awesome, people use racism far too frequently but where as epic and awesome are just annoying in that they devalue the words, using the word racism and racist still have damaging effects when incorrectly used. It scares me the number of people who are quick to call someone that, you being one of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=626715064 Derek Van Oss

    Hi Carol.

    Look, I know how to read. Thanks.

    She didn’t back up the cards – that renders the images UN-PROTECTED.

    Creating a backup PROTECTS the images.

    I take back nothing I said.

    Even if it had just been personal snapshots of a friends impromptu birthday celebration, if it was important enough to consider a devastating loss if she actually lost the images – backup should be number 1 priority, ALWAYS.

    This is why pros carry a wifi hotspot and/or external hard drives/USB sticks with them to dump backups to after anything of importance is shot.

    I’ll go a step further to say that she’s obviously inexperienced in dealing with carrying her gear around in public spaces like train stations. When you’re carrying your gear around in public places (especially in public transit locations) NEVER take your hands off your gear/bags.

    If you’re waiting for a train and you’ve got a photo bag with you, stick your leg through the shoulder strap and sit on the strap. Nobody’s stealing that when you turn your head because some decoy dropped his keys next to you.

    Why take the bag off in the first place? Huh? Is it worth the risk? NO.

    HER mistakes:
    – Card not backed up.
    – Gear not secured.
    – Unaware of her surroundings.

    I’ve spent time shooting in some SKETCHY places over the years, never have I had anything stolen like this…but i’ve seen/watched it happen in front of my eyes because of unsecured gear. This happens at least a dozen times a day in NYC.

    SECURE YOUR STUFF.
    SECURE YOUR IMAGES.

    One other thing that makes Marianne’s post wreak is that not once does she admit that she made a mistake – she places ALL the blame on the thieves and comes off as if she feels she should be exempt from needing to protect her gear because she’s such a good, self-sacrificial and hard working person.

    Welcome to the real world Marianne.

    SECURE YOUR STUFF.
    SECURE YOUR IMAGES.

    DON’T BLAME OTHERS FOR YOUR OWN MISTAKES.

  • MikeD

    Maybe Willie Nelson stole the camera, was he in town…?

    “On the road again
    Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
    We’re the best of friends
    Insisting that the world keep turning our way and our way
    is on the road again”

  • Carol DeAnda

    She didn’t have any client work to backup…it was a birthday party of a friend….If I had taken photos even on my phone and my phone got stolen guess what….I would be upset!!!

    “This is why pros carry a wifi hotspot and/or external hard drives/USB sticks with them to dump backups to after anything of importance is shot.”

    This is untrue, I have worked with many professionals in my days and not all carry around a slew of equipment to backup on site unless its a wedding which its slightly more common for, but even then many professionals do NOT do this! A more common practice is to carry the cards on yourself (not in a bag) once shot, in a protective case.

    Finally I don’t think she made a “mistake” she was a VICTIM of a crime!
    So you also must be the type to think that it’s a women’s fault when they get raped right? I mean they where just asking for it right? I mean by your logic no one should blame anyone for bad things happening to them? Or what about a person being hit while crossing the street….their fault right?

  • Blondi Hans -Sturmbahn

    Recent favorite Rasial confusion. Romani, rroms, are not coming from antique Rome. They are coming from India Pakistan.. They are the gypsies we all know spread since 2-300 years in all Europe..equal parts Greece Spain Italy Ukraine France, Bulgaria Romania Germany Hungary …and travelling in bands in Sweden also…
    Romanians are coming from Antique Rome and living in Romania since more than 2000 years. Acusing them that they are gypsies is like making all americans feel they are all.. blacks …

  • Blondi Hans – Sturmbahn.

    Recent favorite Racial confusion.
    Romani, rroms, are not coming from antique Rome. They are coming from India Pakistan.. They are the gypsies we all know spread since 2-300 years in all Europe..equal parts Greece Spain Italy Ukraine France, Bulgaria Romania Germany Hungary …and travelling in bands in Sweden also…recently in Canada and US..
    Romanians are coming from Antique Rome and living in Romania since more than 2000 years. Acusing them that they are gypsies is like making all americans.. black …

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=626715064 Derek Van Oss

    Are you mad?

    As I said:

    Even if it had just been PERSONAL snapshots of a friends impromptu birthday celebration, IF IT WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO CONSIDER A DEVASTATING LOSS IF SHE ACTUALLY LOST THE IMAGES – BACKUP SHOULD BE NUMBER 1 PRIORITY, ALWAYS.

    Pardon me for making a blanket statement about pros carrying backup with them…what I meant was WISE professionals carry backup with them. A wifi hotspot to upload images to a cloud service from, a hard drive to dump the images to, or a usb stick to dump images to. This creates GREAT security of your images. I carry all 3 in my bag on any kind of important shoot.

    And in the case of losing a phone that had images on it that you would be upset about losing if your phone got stolen or lost…

    As a professional who often snaps photos along my travels with my phone instead of taking my full rig out to shoot with – I set my dropbox app on my phone to AUTO BACKUP ALL PHOTOS ON MY PHONE. Novel idea, eh? I’ve never had my phone stolen nor lost it, but i’ve had it crash before and ALL the images from the phone were gone – BUT THEY WERE FULLY BACKED UP ON DROPBOX AND FULLY RECOVERABLE. 500+ PHOTOS.

    That’s called being wise about how you shoot and secure your images. Anyone who cares about their photos should do this kind of thing.

    So…for Marianne…

    – Card not backed up.
    – Gear not secured.
    – Unaware of her surroundings.

    You don’t think these are mistakes to make as a pro photographer (with thousands of dollars worth of gear on her) in a economically torn foreign country in a public transit station?

    Listen, You can blame a thief for stealing your stuff, but you can’t blame him for making it so easy for him to do so.

    I’m saying she needs to accept some responsibility for her actions/inactions here.

    What i’ve said here is she’s placing all blame on these thieves and not holding her own self accountable for her own actions/inactions.

    She let her guard down and got suckered by a decoy, period.

    As for the rape stuff and the hit by a bus stuff…wtf?

  • Blondi

    We photographers we are all GYPSIES. Acting in Bands.. like them .. Dirty hungry ..like them.. with all those heavy luggages hanging and balancing aroung …Stealing and Stealing every second, night and day any season and bringing home and selling for nothing….I declare myself proud gypsy .. and you are my band.of.bloggers.. LETS HELP THE LADY !!! Any Sugestion????

  • Edward Conde

    Maybe she should have taken something smaller than a d800. Or maybe should have just kept it on her person. Anyhow a suckie situation.. I am sure writing this made her feel a bit better but that is a large pill to swallow and now having to repurchase a new backup.

  • Blondi Hans

    Recent favorite Racial confusion.

    Romani, rroms, are not coming from antique Rome. They are coming from India Pakistan.. They are the gypsies we all know spread since 2-300 years in all Europe..equal parts Greece Spain Italy Ukraine France, Bulgaria Romania Germany Hungary …and travelling in bands in Sweden also…recently in G.B., Canada and US..
    Romanians are coming from Antique Rome and living in Romania since more than 2000 years. Acusing them that they are gypsies is like making all americans.. black …

  • cosmo_polite

    I don’t want to sound like a dick, but Mrs. Hawkins really has some First World problems. She is the perfect example of a traveler who obviously never lived among people who have nothing in common with the privileged life that most citizens of the western world enjoy. Her use of the term “gypsies” in all naïveté exposes some prove of that. I am not trying to justify stealing other people’s camera gear, believe me, I’ve been robbed several times (hint: get insurance) and also lost valuable photos. But the way she addresses the culprit, without knowing anything about his or her life, shows a level of ignorance that should not be put on display in a public manner like this. Petapixel did not do this lady a favor with publishing her tantrum on this webpage. I am still asking myself, what journalistic value does this article have anyways (among a few others)?

  • Blondi Hans Sturm

    We, all photographers are exactly like Gypsies. Acting in bands, hungry crawling in dirty floors……but dreaming, bagging for a photo, Banging balancing our heavy luggages around our neck…Stealing from others stealling every second stealing night or day every season, no mercy. Bringing home our “product” and selling it for nothing…..Hunted all of us, by police and guards and ..viruses. with bad racial education.
    Is anybody willing to help the lady? Are we a band of bloggers or not? Can we sacrifice ourself to save the lady exactly like gypsies are doing ??? Lets see…..who you are…

  • Rob Elliott

    Romanians and Romani/Roma are two different groups. I have no idea what you are trying to say here.
    the Term Gypsy was used to Describe the Roma/Romani. (the term that is accepted) and has become as Jessica so wonderfully point out, to be a slur against them.

    They originated in Northern India (not Pakistan per say) and migrated. Romanians are made up of three major groups, Wallachian, Transylvania and Moldovian as well as Hungarian, Balkan and Turk influences among others.

    Romanians have no connection to the Romani/Roma.

  • Jack Sparrow

    My sympathies to you Marianne. It is beyond words how low and vile and soulless people can be. I was in Budapest with my parents 2 years ago. They are older, and despite my telling them to ignore anyone that talks to them, we were tired from the overnight train from Prague. At the main train station a fellow offered to show us how to get on the right train. I normally would say “leave us alone thanks” but i was exhausted. My parents sat down, I was a few feet away, and we were setup. We got off the train, and my Dad’s Nikon bag was open, and the camera stolen. It was his pride and joy, and I never saw my father so shocked and hurt that someone would do that to him. Truly sorry to hear.

  • Danelle OH

    To call someone racist for using a relatively broad term is a bit churlish (also an ethnically derived term but people don’t seem too bothered by its use nor do the use of vulgar and boorish prickle the pc feathers). It is a word. The word has different connotations in different cultures. To not recognize the varied use of the term is ignorant, peevish and eurocentric. Get off it..

    Some people (particularly Europeans) still use the word as a pejorative descriptor for the Romani people because the Romani were mistakenly thought to have hailed from Egypt. But, there is no race of gypsy and therefore no racism involved in the modern use of the term. The Romani are an ethnic group. Some Romani may be considered gypsy like people but all gypsy like people are not Romani.

    Ethnicity, culture and race are very different beasts and the ignorance of those spouting off is clear when they conflate the terms. Anyhow, there is only one biological race of humans. How about stopping with the picking of nits and let us just feel some empathy for the chick with the stolen camera.

    (PS…didn’t Shakira have a song about being a gypsy and stealing peoples’ clothes? I don’t remember any backlash from that one.)

  • Blondi

    We ALL photographers we are all exactly like GYPSIES. Acting in Bands.. like them .. crawling on dirty floors usualy hungry ..but dreaming..like them.. with all those heavy luggages hanging and balancing aroung ..Bagging everybody on the street for an image for free….or …Stealing and Stealing every second, night and day any season and bringing home and later, selling for nothing..usually running from police or guards or viruses….I declare myself proud gypsy .. and you are all a band.of.bloggers.. LETS HELP THE LADY !!! Gypsies are very unite and sacrificed themselfs if it was their case…Are we able to help her?.. Any Sugestion????

  • Guest

    A lesson of humility for those for not finding themselves in “Kansas anymore”. My first visit to Barcelona was while in the US Navy back in ’84. Some things we were trained on:

    1. We always used the “buddy system” (Never travel alone).

    2. Always dressed down to blend in with the locals.

    3. Keep money in two places, and never bring it all.

    3. We also planned our routes, (something a feat in the days before the internet).

    4. Avoid those whom were overly friendly, (you quickly get a gut feeling for the type).

    5. Never openly hold a map in public and look lost. Do so while enjoying a drink at a cafe on the table or on a park bench.

    6. Any questions for directions were always asked from local business owners than casual strangers.

    Otherwise, I found folks to be genuine and friendly, (Especially in Toulon, France. I had a little too much to drink -apparently the local beer was 30 proof. I passed out and the locals drove me back to fleet landing. I woke up in my rack with my $120 stetson hat intact, and money and ID still left in my wallet -I didn’t take my camera on that venture).

    I always used a camera strap, and only revealed it from under a sport jacket that I wore when needed to shoot. My favorite accessory was a leather bikers wallet. The ones with the chain attached to your belt.

    Bags are both a liability and opportunity for theft. To this day I use a dual harness and belt system, literally wearing everything I need for the shoot. One tip: run a line of piano wire or cable through the hardness straps to avoid those whom attempt to cut and run.

  • Krijsh

    On her website the author explains that a man, assumed to be the accomplice of the actual thief, dropped his keys as a distraction and drew attention for a second or two while the camera bag was taken from the pile of luggage. Not much of a scam.

  • tadej

    I’ve been through it for so many times … Second time I lost the bag, I give up taking photos altogether for couple of years and travel with the scetchbook only. Great relief going around so light!
    Put memories in your head, not on the card. :)

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    If you have to censor a large portion of a photograph, then perhaps you should reconsider not using it at all, Petapixel.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    Using the term “band of gypsies” as a way of calling people thieves is racist.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    To be fair though, regarding travelling to a country in economic troubles: tourism is one of the best ways of getting a country set on its feet. One of few things keeping Spain just barely alive is its tourism.

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.se/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    Barcelona is definitely safe, but there’s a lot of theft. A lot. It’s funny how many film-like scenes I experienced during my stay in Barcelona this summer though. The best one was when I was laying in bed in the morning, balcony door open and I heard this sequence of events:
    1. Tumbling/ruckus
    2. Someone running
    3. A man with a thick british accent screaming “Ey! Stop him!”
    4. Someone hitting one of those protection “curtains” for a store (curtains they pull down while the store is closed) so it sounded like gunshots.
    5. Some woman yelling “policija! policija!”
    6. People stopping by the scene and talking about what just happened.

    And I heard all this, didn’t see any of it. It was amazingly beautiful though.

  • Peter Fogarty

    Agree! “Band of Gypsies” was a great album by Jimi Hendrix … no negative connotations for me.

  • http://www.richardfordphotography.com/ Richard Ford

    I like it when westerners like to extol how they have “Sacrificed” and “worked hard’. yes everything is relative, but you are so lucky to be born in the west. Stiff upper lip and get on with it. Things could be much worse and for many people they are.

  • Willi Kampmann

    I am so relieved that you censored the f-word in the second picture, I don’t think I could have coped with it!

  • not true.

    “I’d like to believe that the foundation of my faith and religious teachings is accurate” Nah. It isn’t.

  • Sarpent

    I realize this article was being represented as an open letter (to someone who will likely never read it), but I would really also have like to hear how it happened — potentially useful information.

  • KoriKori

    Why is the 2nd picture pixaleted?
    Oh… it’s a bad word. Glad I was protected from seeing that.

  • Pepe Roni

    I hate Pie Keys!

  • cosmo_polite

    Mrs. Hawkins really has some First World problems. She obviously never
    lived among people who have nothing in common with the privileged life
    that most citizens of the western world enjoy. Her use of the term “gypsies” in all naïveté exposes some prove of that.
    I am not trying to justify stealing other people’s camera gear, believe
    me, I’ve been robbed several times (hint: get insurance) and also lost
    valuable photos. But the way she addresses the culprit, without knowing
    anything about his or her life, shows a level of ignorance that should
    not be put on display in a public manner like this. The editors did not do
    this lady a favor with publishing her tantrum on this webpage. I am still asking myself, what journalistic value does this article have anyways?

  • Xondra Gálvez

    Because Venezuela is a lot like Spain (as if the country as a whole couldn’t have a bit of originality and deviate from all the vices of the “Mother Country”), I understand what the author is feeling and the only solution for that is to treat underdeveloped and uncivilized countries such as ours as if they were a contagious disease: you are free to visit but you have to behave accordingly: like a highly paranoid individual who has no rights, no defense against the scum of the earth.

  • J.C. Overgaard

    Terribly off topic, but as I was scrolling down from the top, I thought the photo of the church was a macro photo of a spider. Scrolling back up, it still looks like one. Creepy.

  • Hatesignoranceugh

    Um?….she’s since apologized. Jump down from your high horse and understand we all say things that stem from a place of ignorance or frustration. Ray Charles can see that!