Rash of purse thefts at Mission dive bars

From our pal Anna:

I was having an excellent 29th birthday celebration, hanging and drinking and singing with friends at Jack’s for Thursday karaoke night. I had my purse tucked away with my friends’ various jackets on the bench in the corner, along with a bottle of wine in a gift bag that a friend brought for me. When we got ready to leave the bar around midnight, we found that the bottle of wine was there but my purse was gone. It was a purple cloth purse, with a long strap. This sort of ruined what was proving to be a really awesome birthday celebration. I’m hoping that someone picked it up by mistake, and/or took it on purpose but would now kindly like to return it to me.

And a similar thing happened to another friend of ours at Slow Jams at the Make-Out Room on Tuesday. (It’s like they’ve targeted all the best parties in the neighborhood — careful at Diary this weekend!) The thieves grabbed her purse off a hook under the bar while it was inches away from her, and then they identity thieved her mom! Keep an eye on your stuff, girls and European guys.

46 Responses to “Rash of purse thefts at Mission dive bars”

  1. Pedro Navaja says:

    “Keep an eye on your stuff, girls and European guys.” WTF!?!

    • Barbara Graber says:

      I ask the same question as you Pedro. WTF!?! I’m curious Anna, what did you actually mean by that warning? It sounds quite racist to me.

      • Mello McGee says:

        1) If I ever catch one of these bag-snatching fucks it’s gonna be a shitshow.
        2) Anna didn’t say anything about “europeans”, Allan did in his commentary ABOUT Anna’s note.
        3) “Racist”? REALLY? It’s a joke, as in “it’s not a purse, it’s a a European carryall!” I’m amazed at how easily offended people are. Lighten up and save your righteous indignation for the ones that deserve– the thieves!

        • Barbara Graber says:

          My comment isn’t righteous indignation it’s racial sensitivity, which I do have. I see the misunderstanding on my part and thanks for the fashion update.

          • Wait, what? I’m confused by your reply. Are you sensitive about your own nonexistent racial background as a “European”, or are you sensitive about other people’s nonexistent racial backgrounds as ‘Europeans’?

            In other words, when did “European” become a race? Do you believe that Homo Neanderthalis interbred with Homo Sapiens, or that they were an entirely separate species, and, furthermore, is Cro-magnon Man a legitimate “racial branch” of our bloodline? Oh, and, by the way, where is the lost tribe of Judea? Inquiring racial definers need to know!

          • queef says:

            haha youre a loser. go take life really seriously somewhere else

          • Ariel Dovas says:

            It’s really easy to try to be cool by not caring about “taking life seriously” or punctuation, and then you turn fourteen and move on.

          • GG says:

            B. Graber’s comments made me LOL. Who doesn’t remember that episode? It’s like the other day when I remarked that you obviously could never name your kid “Dolores” because everyone would point out how it RHYMES WITH A FEMALE BODY PART! and my friend didn’t get the reference.

      • hahaha says:

        OMG you’re being racist against a whole continent full of white peopel!!! YOU MONSTER!

      • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

        Since when is “European” a race?

        • rick fields says:

          when you people get together and debate in the flesh it must be like the Hiroshima of self righteousness.

      • Kat says:

        It would be Xenophobic, if anything.

    • Brillo says:

      It’s a joke about how man-purses are “european”. I thought it was kinda funny.

    • man purse says:


    • Lindsey says:

      the people who don’t find the European comment funny must be lucky enough not to work near Union Square.

  2. timbo says:

    Really, unless you’re willing to lose it, everyone should keep an eye on their stuff all the time.

  3. batman says:

    yup, keep an eye on your stuff, guys with backpacks, also be on look out, its easy to just lift your backpack, hold it by a strap as you walk and walk out of a bar. the fucked up shit, its not the weird odd looking ppl you need to watch out for, but regular folks in bar looking for a crime of opportunity. times be tough…cant hate on getting robbed if you asking for it by being un-carefull with your valuables.

    • Olu says:

      “the fucked up shit, its not the weird odd looking ppl you need to watch out for, but regular folks in bar looking for a crime of opportunity.”

      I can’t seem to crack your code.

  4. Jay says:

    Someone stole something from a bar? I don’t believe it!

  5. john says:

    fuck europeans! they’re genetically infer… duh obvious man purse joke.

  6. Jam says:

    If you’re 25 and you’re using your parents credit card, or they are paying your credit card bill then you are a fucking loser. period.

  7. hoboking says:

    I remember there used to a be a spare changer that was strongly suspected of being an opportunistic bar purse thief around Mission and 22nd, but I haven’t seen him around lately and I doubt he was the only practitioner of this crime against drunk-manity.

    Also that post is totally racist against people who have their Mom’s credit card in their purse.

  8. Chad Wellington says:

    Ladies, Guys that act like Ladies, Europeans, and Hippies —

    Keep an eye on your stuff because people like to steal your purses.
    Hippies, keep your pot in a separate purse.
    Metro-weirdos, get a real man’s wallet, and lose the mascara.
    Ladies, it’s summer, show more boob.


    • Lindsey says:

      may I ask, chad, if these things perturb you *so greatly* then why do you live in san francisco?

      • Chad Wellington says:

        may I ask, Lindsey, if you are properly obeying my advice about showing more boobage in the summer?

        • Lindsey says:

          are you aware of how cold it is? 60* is not bikini weather. also, i’m exempt because i’m flat chested. just an observation, but if you’re so into exposed cleavage & people who smell like they walked out of a gucci ad, why don’t you live in LA?

  9. Chad Wellington says:

    While I’m at it, PEOPLE, take a shower. Smelling like a bike messenger does not make you hip.

    And remember, Ladies, it’s summer, show more boob.


  10. no fish today says:

    it’s not a purse, it’s a satchel

  11. Sarah says:

    Jack’s is a Potrero Hill bar not a Mission bar. FYI

  12. Candy says:

    My friend got her purse stolen at Dalva a month ago or so. I’m glad I read this, I’m not careful enough with my stuff.

  13. one says:

    It’s a rash of rank stupidity.

  14. Heather says:

    This has been a problem at bars and restaurants for all of my adult life. Never, ever, ever leave your stuff unattended. I have seen purses stolen from high end restaurants and dive bars alike. It happens all the time. In fact, there are people who steal purses from Mission bars on a regular basis. Putting your coat over your purse does not make it safe. Please, stop making it easy for thieves. (This has happened to several people I know, and it drives me crazy that people still just put their stuff down and walk away.)

  15. Danny says:

    Alert! Cell phone theft at the skatepark today!

    There are scumbags abound.

  16. mark says:

    jack’s is not in the mission

    the make out room is not a dive bar

    don’t leave valuables unattended in san francisco

  17. GG says:

    Just wanted to add that if your purse is hanging on the back of your chair, it may seem safe because it’s right near you, but it can easily be stolen. Even worse if it doesn’t zip on the top — I had my identity stolen a few years ago by someone who slipped her hand into my open purse while it was on the back of my chair in a restaurant and took my wallet, she looked enough like me to subsequently use my driver’s license to open a bunch of instant credit accounts. Hours of hassle cleaning that up; lesson learned.

    P.S., Chad, maybe there’s a reason ladies aren’t showing you their boobs. Look within, grasshopper!

  18. blurbular says:

    mmmmm Boobs… if only i had someone else’s money… i could buy some boobs… or a man purse…

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