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> Padang Bus Scam?, Missing luggage suddenly turns up - reward asked.
post Apr 18 2009, 08:15 AM
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I took the local bus from Padang to Buttiggi (sp?) this afternoon. It was a 15 person Van filled up. I watched my luggage being but into the storage area behind the back seat. After the 3 hour trip. We got out at the end bus stop, and my luggage was gone. No one spoke English nor had any idea what the problem was. A Taxi tout finally translated to the driver. He just shrugged but the taxi guy got him to take me to the local "office" Just a few locals hanging out in a fenced parking lot. The driver disappeared and was never seen again. 30 minutes later I asked for a status from the people that were standing around and seeming to be pretty jovial. They finally said the luggage was at another office. No other explanation. Luckily my luggage was there. Two motor bike drivers and various taxi touts and mysterious other people were there. From the broken translation, the motor bikers "found" the luggage and drove it there. It appears to have been unopened. They wanted a 200k R reward ($22). It was very weird. The luggage appears unopened and they still seemed to know where to bring it. It could have been a trip ending problem. My remaining money and passport were in there. (I know, I know, But I can't carry everything with me at all times). I ended up having to give up 100k R to get it back.

Anyone ever hear of this? Was I scammed or one lucky soul today. (Both?)

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