We made it to Paris and had a great first day taking in the sights. As we were heading out for a romantic stroll along the Seine followed by a fashionably late dinner, the phone rang. Never a good omen.
Diane’s sister Scherlyn said it was urgent that we contact Diane’s great Aunt Loretta regarding our son Kyle. Evidently, Kyle – age 19 – was in a jail cell in Florida facing drug charges. This got our attention! Especially since Kyle had been at work in New Jersey when we left. When we finally reached Loretta – who had no idea we were in Paris – she told us she had had several calls with Kyle and the attorney who was representing him. Evidently, Kyle had made a spur of the moment decision to fly to Florida after we left to attend the funeral of a friend who had been killed in a car accident. On the way to the funeral from the airport, the driver of the Uber car was stopped for a minor traffic violation. The driver had a suspended license and a criminal record which triggered a police search of the car . The police found a large amount of cocaine. Kyle was now in jail. The attorney was asking Loretta to wire $4,000 immediately to help him make bail and pay the attorney. Otherwise, Kyle might be forced to spend the next six weeks in jail before a hearing could be scheduled. Loretta said Kyle begged her not to call us. He said he would pay her back when he returned to New Jersey and sorted all this out.
So now we were really worried. This did not seem possible. And to be honest, we had one of those parental WTF moments and a collective ” Really! This can’t be happening. Come on universe. We finally take a bucket list trip, fly to Europe and don’t even get one dinner under our belt before facing crisis that could end the trip or at the least distract us for days until Kyle was safe.”
Many phone calls followed and as some of you are starting to suspect, Loretta was being scammed by some very unscrupulous people who prey on older people. She had been prepared to do anything she could to help Kyle and for that were grateful. And thankfully, Kyle was safe at work at his summer job at Juniper Hill, where he is helping award-winning chef Josh De Chellis prepare some really excellent food. So if you want see Kyle, have dinner at Juniper Hill this weekend.
Gee, we can’t wait to see what day 2 brings.