Cautionary tale of a hospital stay
Three weeks ago our son, who lives some distance from us, was diagnosed with an appendicitis. He drove himself to the hospital, checked in, surrendered his wallet and other effects to be stored safely away while he had his surgery. His girlfriend came to the hospital after he arrived and notified us once he was in recovery. He was released the next day, could drive a day after that and recovered easily.
Last week, while checking his credit card charges online, he saw one he didn't recognize. It was a charge at a gas station he has never used, located across the street from the hospital, dated while he was in the hospital.
His wallet with contents were returned intact. Fortunately, he did not have his Social Security card in the wallet.
He has filed a police report and complained to the hospital.
A nurse remarked to me that this explains why you should always have somebody take you to the hospital so that that you never have to leave valuables, including wallet, jewelry and other items, in the possession of the hospital.