This time, with a lesson in relative values.
I've said before here that I like to look in on Guadalhorce Reserve on my was from arriving at Malaga airport.
This visit was different in that our son came out for the first week, so there was too much luggage to pack unseen in the boot of our hired Ford Fiesta, so it wasn't worth the risk, given the experience of others, to leave the car with goods on show while we visited the reserve.
Our son went home today;so after dropping him at the airport we went to Guadalhorce for two or three hours. Bearing in mind the avice not to leave any valuables in view I made sure we took nothing that we couldn't carry on the visit. I even left my second camera and rucksack in our apartment because the day was promising to be hot and humid and I could do without the encumbrance and I didn't want to leave it in the boot.
I have a rule never to take anything from the boot, or more importantly, never to put anything in on arriving anywhere, because you don't know who is watching. To that end my small scope and tripod travelled on the back seat. We left the car empty at the small parking area near the beach. i had my bins, camera and scope. My wife carried her camera, bins and small rucksack with food & water. Nothing was left at all that could be of any interest I thought.
When we got back to the car three hours later it looked fine. I opened the boot to put my scope away then opened the driver's door. A clatter alerted me to a small piece of plastic trim that fell from the door lock. It was a push fit so I replaced it and got in.
That's when I noticed that a single 1 Euro coin that has lain in the drink-holder for the past few days since we used it for a supermarket trolley was no longer there.
I checked the door lock. Bent metal around the key hole showed that the lock had been popped, hence the loose trim. The key no longer goes in.
All that was missing was the one Euro and for this some toerag had wrecked a lock.
That's where relative values come in.
They say never to leave a car with valuables on show. I thought a one Euro coin would get under the wire on that score. Someone else thought differently.