As if there’s never enough going on, our 16ft black utility trailer was stolen from one of the renovation properties last night.
I’m telling you – when it rains it pours.
The trailer was in great condition and had most recently been helping us to move fencing materials around the farm for new fences in the Goat Grove. We also use it throughout the summer to haul the side-by-side and pretty much anything else we need to transport between family and friends’ farms.
Aaron snagged it toward the end of the week to haul some flooring materials to one of the renovation houses. He was in a hurry to shuffle kids and all else we had going on Friday – so he planned to pick up it up Sunday instead of having to pull the empty trailer through endless city streets and small parking lots.
While it was well-intentioned, the approach didn’t work out so well. Between 4pm Friday and 1pm on Saturday – the trailer disappeared from the reno house. When Steve arrived to let a painting contractor in on Saturday, it was already gone.
To say it’s a bummer is an understatement. Sure, it’s insured and we may be able to take care of things ok. But it’s so frustrating to have the things you work so hard for taken away by people that aren’t willing to put in the work. You’re not entitled to this thing. It isn’t yours. You don’t need it more than I do. There’s nothing that justifies taking something that doesn’t belong to you.
All you can do is suck it up and move on, I guess. I just wish there was a way for people to understand the damage they do to others in this situation. The hurt. The frustration. The inconvenience. The financial burden. The struggle.
For starting up a new business, this is a major hurdle. A trailer that was enabling the team to save funds on their own hauling will now result in added delivery costs, replacement costs, an insurance deductible, added labor/hauling costs for the farm, increases in insurance premiums and more. Taking a tool like this isn’t simply “I want a trailer and look, I can take this one for free!” It’s wrecking someone’s livelihood to have something you’re unwilling to work for yourself.
That’s just cowardly and unjust. May the karma you deserve find you.