Believe it or not! By Lorraine Penn

A Christmas shopping spree with my daughter almost turned into a disaster.

After several hours shopping, we were feeling tired so we headed off to my car. On entering the last section of the shopping centre in sight of the car, my arm was almost ripped from my shoulder and my handbag was gone!

We didn’t see the perpetrator coming, but we saw him flash by and down went my daughter’s bags of shopping and off she went in hot pursuit after him. I yelled: “don’t chase after him, he may hurt you”, too late she was gone and my heart started pumping like crazy.

She was within a few meters of catching him, and then she was gone around the corner of the building and out of sight. It was the most terrifying feeling I have ever felt, not only was she chasing after someone who had just stolen my handbag, but also I couldn’t see her!

I turned the corner and to my shock she was standing there with my handbag in her possession. How could she have achieved this?

She said: “Mum here is your bag”, “darling how on earth did you get it?” “I just said stop in the name of Jesus and he dropped it”.

Believe it or not this is what she said and thankfully the Police caught him together with three other young men.

Her face whitened when the Police said; “never chase after a thief, as they could kill you”.

in Brookvale, New South Wales, Australia


Born in Kogarah, NSW semi-retired on the North Coast where I am giving back to the community as a mentor, board director, former president of Coffs Harbour Writers Group & turning my life into a book.

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