Written By: Paul Volchoff of Paul’s Storage Stories.
Paul Telfer is from North Surrey. Paul heard from a friend that the Langley Pos-Abilities Society could provide him with a scooter and within no time he was independent again to ride to the store and just get out to socialize.
Unfortunately, one day Paul thought he had his scooter secured in his backyard. The same evening someone had stolen the scooter and Paul’s security camera got an image of the person taking it, but the picture was not good enough to identify the thief. I received a phone call the next day and Paul felt so violated as to what happened.
I have driven for HandyDART for 19 years in Surrey and know the neighbourhood quite well. When something like a scooter gets stolen, it disappears the next day because it is stripped down and taken to the recyclers for cash. Paul just could not believe how anyone could take something from him that was his way of getting out and enjoying some independence.
Fortunately, I was able to visit Paul on my lunch break. I asked him if he were to get another scooter, where would he put it overnight? Paul said in the garage and lock the door. Well, I told him to leave it to me and I would see what I could do. I checked the storage unit that night and looked to see if we could help Paul. We did have a scooter that wasn’t the newest, but it worked fine, and the batteries were good. I called Paul and told him that we had a scooter and if it was ok to bring it to him on Saturday. Paul was just beside himself because he said his birthday was that Saturday. How cool was that.
Saturday came and we rolled into the driveway with a red bow on the scooter and a birthday card. There is no better feeling to see a person receive the kind of gift that Paul was so in need of.
If you own a scooter or any power mobility aid, here are a few tips to keep it safe:
- Make sure you have a good safe place to store it.
- Putting a cover over it will help if it is outside.
- Always take the key out when you are not using it.
- Record the serial number for your records.
Just for fun I had Paul show me his ID on Saturday, May 29. It was his birthday! Happy Birthday Paul!