The Story of Carefree Ken and the Picture Worth a Thousand Dollars

Carefree Ken enjoys the sights.
Carefree Ken enjoys the sights.

You will notice in the picture above carefree Ken has his red backpack on containing his and Denise’s passports, their I Pad, drivers licenses, a big wad of cash, credit cards and a copy of the best of bathroom humor.  Do you see an important blog developing here?  HELLO!  Do you see an important story developing here?

Today we are the way to Casa de Santa Domingo to have lunch in this 600 year old hotel.
Today we were on the way to Casa  Santa Domingo to have lunch in this 600 year old hotel.
Carefree Ken and Denise exit the Tuk Tuk in front of the hotel.
Carefree Ken and Denise exit the Tuk Tuk in front of the hotel. Notice Carefree Ken is not wearing his red back pack.
Notice the Tuk Tuk disappearing into the distance with Carefree Kens backpack. Never to be seen again.
Notice the Tuk Tuk disappearing into the distance with Carefree Ken’s backpack. Never to be seen again…
This older gentleman is a English speaking guide and show Denise how to get to the police.
This older gentleman is a English speaking guide and shows Denise how to get to the police.

The problem is what can you tell the police. By law the thousands of Tuk Tuks in Antigua must all be painted the same neutral grey rather than the multi colors you usually see.  Problem! BIG problem.  Mucho mucho problemo.

But, remember the picture Daphne took of carefree Ken and Denise getting out of the Tuk Tuk.  Car 46 where are you?
But, remember the picture Daphne took of carefree Ken and Denise getting out of the Tuk Tuk. Car 46 where are you?
A frantic Denise tells the police the number of the Tuk Tuk .
A frantic Denise tells the police the number of the Tuk Tuk .

The police are connected by radio and a dispatch was made to find car number 46.  The Tuk Tuk was located within about ten minutes and the driver escorted back to the hotel.  The disgruntled driver had the bag and wanted the money for the return trip!  Denise paid the driver who was not allowed to leave until the bag was checked.  All was intact – phew!

Tears of joy and a hug from a greatly relieved Denise.
Tears of joy and a hug from a greatly relieved Denise.
Bag in hand Denise receives a hug from the handsome young officer.
Without the picture from Daphne's camera the valuable bag may never have been seen again.
Without the picture from Daphne’s camera the valuable bag may never have been seen again.

For a few moments carefree Ken was not so carefree but he is now.  Another friend of ours had his bags stolen with similar contents and the outcome was not as wonderful.  Graham had to take many trips to Guatemala City and about $1200 to get replacement passports plus the loss of two brand new iPads and some tools. A big thank you to the Antigua police for their quick action and caring demeanor.

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6 thoughts on “The Story of Carefree Ken and the Picture Worth a Thousand Dollars

  1. Colleen davy

    Oh thank gawd for our amazing photographers! Whew indeed! Enjoy your time off now…llooking forward to hearing of all your adventures! Big hugs all around!

  2. Daphane your picture was a lifesaver. Good going!! What EXCELLENT service all of you have given to the people where you constructed new homes. Your bond with all of them is forever. Enjoy the rest of your trip. More adventures ahead. What a strong and caring group you are.

    Derm

  3. Doug Crawford

    What a great story….LUCKY!!!!!!

    Sent from my iPad

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  4. Denise MunnClarke

    Whew! glad to see that all worked out! Even I have a story like that! but was only 1/2 lucky! Cheers! Denise @ Marlin Travel

  5. Tom andrews

    Good Karma for good people.

  6. KAH

    wow

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