As many of you know, I love my Kindle. I take it with me almost everywhere and since I read more than I can afford, it has truly paid itself off. Therefore, you can imagine how desperate I felt after a Delta employee decided to keep it from me (or not even attempt to find it). Me, its rightful and faithful owner/companion. You see I left it on the plane, right in that backseat compartment where the Skymall catalog sits. With a child, three bags, a connecting flight to catch and a row of anxious people waiting patiently (except for the creepy blonde guy that kept insisting he help) I stuffed it inside, just for a moment, while I yanked my daughters backpack out from under the seat.

Bags in hand, kid in tow, connecting plane to catch, we raced through the gate and down the hall to our awaiting flight. Not even 15 minutes later, it hit me. I LEFT MY BABY!!! No not my child, but my Kindle (sorry for the heart attack Mom).

Rushing to the gate with heart in hand, I pleaded with the first kind looking Delta attendant I could find. “Please Miss. I left my Kindle on the previous flight. In the front compartment, not even 15 minutes ago. I use it for my work.”

“Don’t worry sweetheart.” Her face lent me so much hope. “It’s still being prepared for the return flight to Los Angeles. I will just call over there, get them to pull it and when you get to your destination, call this number.” She handed me a bunch of numbers and codes. “and they will either send it back to you or get you come pick it up at the airport.”

Exhale. “Thank you so much.”

It’s been three weeks since someone took my Kindle from the plane. It’s been three long weeks since Delta has done nothing about it. It has been three long weeks; two phone calls, two reports, four tweets and now this open letter, since Delta stole my Kindle. A Kindle that now cost me $1200.

Thank you Delta for never calling me back – for the movie that I paid $6 for so my daughter could be entertained, only to learn after the purchase that she couldn’t see the screen from her low seat– for the $50 I spent to check ONE bag – for the 5 peanuts and a cookie  – for the theft of my Kindle.

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Sara O'Connor

A dreamer, a writer, a critic, an avid reader and the endless seeker of enlightenment through education. Basically, that translates to a girl who loves to read and discusses what she is reading and writing with anyone who will listen so that she doesn’t have to think about her obscenely large student loan debt. She holds a BA in pre-law, a Masters from Northeastern University in Communication Management with a focus in Social Media Marketing and Personal Branding and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing, but believes she has learned the most from writing…lots and lots of writing. She is also the owner of the literary and lifestyle business marketing an management firm, Voir Media Group.
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  • Pshaa
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    why $1200? Is it the total cost of books loaded into it?

  • 2 Gliterary Girls
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    Not quite, but close since I did have 150 books on it. Actually I didn’t even count that into the equation. The $1200 was what I paid for the airline ticket, to check my bags, to watch a film (that we couldn’t see) and the food that I had to order while waiting or my connecting flight, combined with the loss of my Kindle. I was just making a statement about the outrageousness of the situation. The amount I paid to fly and then having my Kindle stolen on top of it by an airline employee just seemed liked I could view it two ways, either I got robbed twice by the same person, or I just spent $1200 on a new Kindle. :-)

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