Monday, December 10, 2007

Cellar break in


Sorry, not a very fancy Paris shot today, but still a very Parisian one. You're looking at... my cellar (well a part of my cellar!). And the reason why I'm showing you this today is... that I just found out this morning that someone had broken into it! Not much harm, though, from what I could see; they went through my old LPs (maybe took a few of them, I don't remember them all) left a few bottles of wine on the floor (hard to understand why because that is generally what cellar burglars are after) and left a... bag of garlic (I swear I don't keep bags of garlic in my cellar!!). Could have been much worse, but still not very pleasant.

27 comments:

  1. Mon Dieu! It appears that they left a bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape, my favorite wine ever! How could this be? Have they no taste at all?

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  2. They will come back they have forgotten the garlic. inge

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  3. Yes, I can smell that they may come back to get what they have forgotten.

    Please be aware and stay safe.

    Alex
    http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  4. my sympathies -- that's got to be very disconcerting even if nothing much was taken.

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  5. How bizarre they left garlic behind! To ward off vampires, perhaps. Do be careful!

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  6. Actually, the picture is not bad at all and totally original, so don't apologize!

    Hopefully these guys didn't find what they were looking for and they won't come back. Don't you just hate it when stuff like that happens?!! My car was broken into "a couple of times" in the past and the last time, the burglar left his entire set of keys in my car! The time before, they left a broken umbrella... go figure.

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  7. You should hang the garlic at the door to ward off future burglars!

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  8. The thing I hate Eric is that when you discuss this sort of thing with friends, they all say, "It's normal in Paris!" How can people accept this? Did you go to the police? What did they tell you? Now, if Jack Bauer were around, there'd be none of this!

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  9. Okay Eric, you caught me. It was me going over all your old records. I promise I will return 'em soon, I will take the wine then. ;-)

    Jokes apart, it is no fun to have a break-in, even if they don't take anything of value.

    What's the deal with the garlic?

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  10. Eric i'm sorry to hear this. There are certainly better ways to feel violated ;)
    On a serious note though, how do they get in to cellars if not through the house? Curious they left the garlic. Perhaps it's their signature and there are little bags of garlic from these French burglars all over Paree. I do recall another post a long time ago where you'd been to see a professional cellar which had been broken into - or am i dreaming? I do have a wild imagination as you know.
    Glad not much harm was done, but breaking into our Eric's home - how dare they? x

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  11. Eric, I am so sorry to hear about this! Wish there was something I could say to ease this injustice. My thoughts are with you!

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  12. Sorry to hear about this, at least not much harm.

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  13. That is kind of scary! Your one one consolation is this: It probably wasn't a vampire that broke in!!

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  14. Michael, yeah, sorry to say but stuff like that is kind of is "normal" in Paris. Never pleasant, of course.

    Sometimes I see people in California leaving their laptops, cellphones, even wallets (!) on the table in coffee shop while they get up to go to the bathroom or go outside for a smoke or something similar. If you do that in Paris, you'll never see your stuff again.

    Tomate Farcie

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  15. Mad As Hell And I'm Not Going To Take It AnymoreDecember 10, 2007 at 7:30:00 PM GMT+1

    I still don't get it that you guys see these things as "normal". I agree with Michael and hope you get a different lock Eric. Better yet - do as we do in the midwest of the USA and shoot the bastards next time. *kidding*

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  16. Sorry to hear about this break in - please do be safe. Tres bizarre about the garlic. It sounds like some sort of signature crime. I work in the crime business and often times, burglars leave something far more disgusting behind (I won't get graphic, but you can imagine...)

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  17. Very interesting Pont Girl! I suppose you'd agree with me about Jack Bauer then being that you're in the "crime business"...unless you are on the "other side" of crime? Hmmm...do I smell garlic coming from the pont?

    LOL at Mad As Hell And I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore. I'm not sure I would go as far as that though.

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  18. Michael, I do believe 'Jack Bauer' is serving time for drunk driving right now...The world must save itself for the next 40 days!

    Hugs to you, Eric. It is a most terrible feeling to have your personal space violated.

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  19. WHAT SUZY? They actually caught him? How did that happen?

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  20. Indeed, Michael. Monsieur "Bauer" is serving 48 days in the Glendale City Jail (about 10 minutes away from Los Angeles) where he will reportedly spend his days washing and waxing police cars.

    LOL about garlic on the pont, btw. Shhh... don't tell!

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  21. Quelle horreur!! We call them "storage units" here and I have experienced the same thing...theft is awful!! It's a total violation of security and trust. Bad thing was the "Thief" was also a neighbor..can you believe that?? I got some of the stolen things back, which he claimed he "found"...yeah, right! Good thing was he moved out six months later.

    I have lot's of LPs{mostly Motown}which I still play quite frequently! Good thing was the thief didn't find my hidden Champagne...Creep! Bon Courage!!

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  22. LOL on the "no taste"... Well, I don't know. I'm surprised actually Vicky.

    Inge. I hope they won't. But just in case I might as well leave the garlic by the door... as LifeOnEight wisely advised!

    Thanks Alex, Materfamilias, Mimi, Misplaced Parisian, Gwen, Pont Girl (I know what you mean...), Suzy,

    Tomate. The entire set of keys??? Sure he was no professionnal!

    I don't know what JB would do Michael, but yes, you're right, Paris is a big city and we know that bad things happen in big cities...

    AntiguaDP! You'd better gimme gimme gimme my old Abba LPs back!! garlic?! I have no idea....

    Lynn. Yes, you are dreaming!! But that is OK, I'm used to it now :)
    I live in a apartment building so the entrance to the cellars is different from the rest of the apartments. But once they've tried (probably not the same though...) to break into my flat too.

    Annie. LOL

    Tomate, don't make it sound like it's Chicago! You have to pay attention but it's not that dangerous...

    Actually Tonton, I have been willing to digitalize my LPs for a long time. Lookss like I should hurry.

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  23. So sorry to hear about the burglary. I was burgled a couple of years ago when I was in London, and although they caused a lot of damage to the house, the only thing they took was a bottle of champagne. I don't even like champagne very much, but I was really cross as I was saving it for "an occasion".

    I hope they got whatever it is they wanted and don't come back.

    Jackie
    Glasgow Daily Photo

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  24. I'm sorry to read about this break-in. Only in France would robbers leave "garlic"...okay maybe Italy, too. How bizarre an event. Hope you're recovering from it and invested in some heavy duty locks.

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