Op-Ed: My faith in humanity has been shaken

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ruth Gronvold and her husband are regular "stair walkers" at Saltwater Park.

On Saturday, January 30, 2016 about 4:10pm, my husband and I went to Richmond Beach Saltwater Park to walk the stairs. We placed our water bottles on the north side of the stairs three flights down from the top. As I warmed up I took off my jacket and rolled it up and placed it next to the bottles.

As we did our laps on the stairs my husband and I would stop and get drinks from our water bottles.

On my ninth lap up the stairs, my husband was ahead of me on the stairs, I looked over and noticed that our bottles and my coat were gone. I asked him if he had taken them and moved them. He said no.

We ran up to the top of the stairs to see if we could see anyone one walking away with them and then down to the parking lot. No luck.

The stairs had multiple groups of adults and adults with children waking up and down the stairs while we were there. We have been to the park to walk the stairs many times and have always left our bottles and jackets to the side of the stairs without ever having them stolen.

We are most distressed to think that a fellow stair walker would steal our possessions. It turned into what was a great hour of exercise into a most unfortunate event.

We lost two blue REI Nalgene bottles, one wide mouth and one narrow mouthed. The wide mouthed bottle had three stickers on it. Two black and white REI stickers and one green sticker that said 'Evergreen' on it. The wide mouthed bottle also had a mouth piece in it. My women’s black Eddie Bauer wind breaker with a hood was also taken.

The value of this items will not break us to replace them, but it is just the idea that they were taken while we were out walking the stairs at Richmond Beach enjoying what this great area has to offer.

I have never had anything like this happen to me and my faith in humanity has been very shaken. People need to know that their possessions are at risk if left by the side of the stairs while exercising and to be on the watch.


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