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As a serving police officer in Mississauga, Ontario I had the good fortune to visit Whistler in August this year to participate in cycling events for the World Police and Fire Games. I was so taken with the area, as well as the hospitality and friendliness extended to me by the Whistler populace, that I decided to visit again with a view to perhaps retiring in 2010 to this beautiful part of B.C.
On a damp Wednesday in September I took the bus from YVR to Whistler Village, intending to be dropped off at the Crystal Lodge around 11:30 a.m. When I exited there I discovered that the driver had mistakenly unloaded my suitcase and left it on the sidewalk at the Visitor Centre. He immediately returned to this high traffic area but the suitcase evidently had been stolen. The incident was subsequently reported to the local RCMP.
With ever decreasing optimism I asked around, anticipating perhaps that a good Samaritan had wheeled the suitcase in to the nearby Visitor Centre, but after some hours resigned myself to frequenting the village stores to supplement my sparse (and increasingly wet) wardrobe.
Suffice to say that this unfortunate event has not dampened my enthusiasm for your community and I fully intend to visit again in October, this time only with a carry-on bag on the bus!
My experience here, however, would seem to indicate that there are always individuals around looking to commit those opportunistic thefts. I would say to the suitcase thief that he might not want to wear my T-shirt from the North American Police Soccer Tournament (NAPST) that took place in Ottawa several weeks ago. That would be a unique T-shirt to Whistler!
On a serious note, I sincerely hope that this incident might serve as a caution to Whistler visitors and residents alike, especially as the really busy season approaches.