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Stolen sweater from common washroom

My completely new sweater was stolen today from the common washroom. I have left it there together with other clothes because the washing machine was busy.

Is there anything I could do about this? I left a "nice" note on the washroom door and I've sent an email to the landlord. Complaining to the Police looks like an overreaction but I am really pissed now. Do you have any other ideas of what I could do?

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Steal a sweater from each and everyone of your neighbours and hold them hostage until yours is released unharmed.
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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

for the future do not hang any clothes that you really like in the common room. i learned my lesson the same way as you, after a stolen top which i really liked, I only hung up things that I wouldn't mind if they were gone. the rest i dried in my apartment. magically, never anything else was taken for the rest of the years I lived there...
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Yes, lesson learned, but I am still puzzled by how people can steal from their neighbors...
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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

How "nice" was your note?
I usually give others the benefit of the doubt. Detailed description of article and the 'suggestion' that it might have been picked up by mistake. Firstly it gives anyone who took it on the spur of the moment ( or really by mistake) the chance to give it back and secondly it tells everyone what it looks like which would make it more difficult for the 'culprit' to wear it.

And was it your washing day? Did you perhaps irritate someone else first? I've taken things left in the drying room on my washing day merely to find out who they belong to.

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How "nice" was your note?
I usually give others the benefit of the doubt. Detailed description of article and the 'suggestion' that it might have been picked up by mistake. Firstly it gives anyone who took it on the spur of the moment ( or really by mistake) the chance to give it back and secondly it tells everyone what it looks like which would make it more difficult for the 'culprit' to wear it.

And was it your washing day? Did you perhaps irritate someone else first? I've taken things left in the drying room on my washing day merely to find out who they belong to.

Never attribute something to malice which could have a different reason behind it.
That is a good idea. I will add details about how the sweater looks to the note.

There is no washing schedule in my building. If the washing machine is free, anyone can use it. When I went there it was busy, so I just left my bag of dirty laundry there together with the new sweater. I would say this also rules out that it was taken by mistake. The clothes were all in the same bag of mine, waiting "in line" until the washing machine was free.
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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

If someone in the house took it, I guess you will meet it again someday in the hallway or the elevator
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If someone in the house took it, I guess you will meet it again someday in the hallway or the elevator
That is why I find it besides very nasty really stupid to steal from your neighbors.
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That is why I find it besides very nasty really stupid to steal from your neighbors.
Stealing is nasty, no matter from whom.

If there are not too many parties in the house, go ring their bells, ask them if they accidentally took that sweater. Be very sad about it, it's a very special sweater and let them "keep their face". If you get it back, thank them cordially ..... and never leave anything down there again.
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Check if you can get an on-line picture of the sweater from the store, print it out and put it with the note.

State the colour too.. that way, everyone of your neighbours knows exactly what is missing and they will scrutinised and study each others clothes with great interest..
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Those things sometimes happen on mistake, only to see it suddenly hanging in that room later. I once came to collect my clothes and a neighbour said she needed the lines and since mine was dry she folded it and stacked it. (perfectly done btw), so I grabbed the pile and put it on my cabinet only to find out a day later when someone rang the doorbell that she had folded and stacked a lot of things of another neighbour into my pile.

Somebody else could have moved things around so a 3rd person easily could make a mistake, calling it stealing will definitely not help you ever getting it back, a lot of people rather throw it away in such case instead of returning it, not even a thief likes to be called a thief. Friendly asking in a note in the laundry room if somebody by mistake picked up a sweater to much (and describe it well) and that if so the sweater just can be left again in the laundry room works much better imho, since people can stay anonymous and a lot of people in this country love such.
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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

Wait.

Are you suggesting to employ the Geranienpolizei?

(for a different end, of course, but in all likelihood they're the very same people employing the very same mindsets)
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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

The likelihood of a mistake is very low in my opinion. The sweater was together in a bag with other ones, just this one mysteriously disappeared (this was the only one that was new).

So what I did: printed a color picture of it and hang it in a couple of places. Also talked to a couple of neighbors directly and sent an email to the landlord. At least it won't be easy for the culprit to wear it.

Thank you everybody for the suggestions!

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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

If somebody went through a bag/basket of my laundry and accidently confused one item for theirs, the likelihood of an honest mistake is...low. It happened to me as well 11 years ago, just left a note saying that whoever took our towels is expected to return them. They never showed up, but nothing else got nicked ever since.

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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

If you have household insurance (Hausratversicherung), a glance at your policy might be worth the while. The theft might be covered, depending on your deductible.
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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

Once while I was ill, a friend visited and did my laundry for me. She had to do it all in a hurry, I can't rememember why. Then she went home.

A few days later I found an unknown T-shirt in my (dirty) laundry bin.

When I phoned my friend to ask how it got there, she said she'd packed all the clean clothes into my cupboard, and brought that one upstairs from the laundry, as she had "recognised it as mine", but thought she must have inadvertently omitted it from a laundry load.

Being ill, I didn't have the energy to ask everyone in the building individually, but put a note on the T-Shirt, apoligising, and left it in the laundry. I never heard whose garment it really was.
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Re: Stolen sweater from common washroom

I once had to share the laundry room with a city community project for refugées. They washed and repaired clothes from the Caritas bins.

My best, styliest sweater - bought in Denmark with my meager student funds - also disappeared. I went to the shop upstairs and asked them if they had seen it.

It was already sold....it almost broke my heart. I had to force them to let me choose two sweaters for free by threatening that I would not leave the shop and sing operatic arias till I would get something good back.

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