Need Directions? by Holly Michael (Reblog)

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My daughter had her wallet stolen while in London and needed help. A hacked email scam message? Frantic situation for a worried mom?


Betsy is studying abroad in London. I’d known about the wallet she’d thought she’d left at a restaurant and she’d already taken necessary steps to deal with the situation.

A couple of days later, she was on the way to the police station to file a report in case someone turned in “Wally.” While in my living room, at my PC, a Facebook message from Betsy popped up on my iPhone.

Can’t find the police station. Think I’m lost.

I immediately called her using Vonage, my international calling plan, and discovered she wasn’t far from the university where she was studying. I plugged her address in Google Maps, found the street she was on and searched for the nearest police station. The conversation went something like this:

“Did you pass Roberts Street?”


I zoomed in. Is there a Starbucks on your right?

“It’s across the street.”

“Go to the other side of the street.”

I clicked…

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