Lot 48: that time i stole a producer's debit card

August 11, 2014

that time i stole a producer's debit card

^^this picture doesn't really have anything to do with the story except i took it and it is in LA and is the chinese theater and picture-less posts are boring so there you go.

hi everyone!  if you are coming over from Mindy's blog to read the rest of my guest post, you are in the right place.  skip to part 2 to finish the story.  if you are new to the story, start reading the next paragraph!

Today I am going to tell you an embarrassing/terrifying story that happened to me while I was interning at a production company in LA.

You have all seen The Devil Wear Prada, right?  Well, all the errands Anne Hathaway runs in the movie wouldn't actually be run by an assistant, they would be run by an intern, so that is what I did.  I ran a lot  of errands.  One particular errand that I did frequently was to walk one block over to Target to withdraw money from a producer's account.  There was the option to see the account balance on the ATM, and man was I tempted, but I never did. 

But every time I was asked to do this, I would be given the pin number along with the debit card.  I was usually asked to withdraw a few thousand dollars at a time.  So imagine me walking around Culver City (the.....not best/safest part of LA) with thousands of dollars of cash on me.

Not only did I intern for this production company, but I also interned for another production company three days a week.  The day after I had done my errand of running to Target to withdraw funds, I was at my other internship when I got a call from that producer's assistant (let's call him JP to make things simpler.  Oh wait.  That is his name.  He produced Leap Year, Butterly Effect, The Hangover movies and other things).  Anyway, I knew something was up when JP's assistant called me on a day when I wasn't working there.  
What happened next caused my heart to drop all the way to the floor.

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JP's assistant asked if I had seen JP's debit card anywhere.  "Oh nooooooooo" i thought.  i had taken it yesterday to withdraw cash for him!! i realized that i had been wearing a jacket yesterday and that the card was still in the jacket!! and the jacket was at home in my apartment!!  

i started completely freaking out and started apologizing profusely.  i asked the assistant, Jed, if he needed it right away.  he did.  oh dear.  for those of you unfamiliar with LA, driving anywhere is a nightmare.  the production company i was currently at was in century city, i lived in studio city, the other production company was in culver city.  that would mean i would have to drive all the way to the valley to get the card and then drive all the way back.  this was going to take probably and hour and a half.  it was 2 o' clock.  i asked work if i could leave and explained the situation, and i wasn't doing anything particularly pressing, so they let me go. 

i drove so fast! i tried to avoid as much traffic as possible, but hello, it's LA and that kind of isn't a thing.  but i finally made it home, grabbed the car and drove all the way back.  it took two hours.  and was one of the most embarrassing things that have ever happened to me and man did i feel stupid.

at least everyone was nice about it!! because that would have just made it worse if i got yelled at.  but JP called me his favorite Mormon and knew i was trustworthy and he and  i were pals, so it was alll good. 

you tell me an embarrassing story now.

also, should i turn this into a series?? i have sooooo many stories like this, i think it would be fun to share them all as a monthly or biweekly series.  stories of meeting  famous people, getting yelled at, driving to directors houses to drop off scripts, stories like that. what do you think?? 


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15 comments:

  1. Oh gosh. Ok, that's kind of funny, and totally awesome that everyone was good about it, especially, you know... cuz showbiz.

    I've done many an embarrassing thing in my time. Just the other day I kept yelling at a car in front of me because he was going so slow, and I kept yelling "Come on, Georgia!" based on what I thought I had seen his license plate was. My lovely boyfriend gently informed me that it was a Florida license plate to which I rebutted "It looks like peaches?" weakly. Nothin' like getting all worked up and being wrong :P

    I think it could be a fun series!

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    1. Hahhahha that story is hilarious!! yes, surprisingly, a lot of the people i worked with in the "biz" were nice. there were a few that were some of the cruelest people i have ever met, i will put that in the series!! there was this one producer who everyone in the office was TERRIFIED of and after covering for him one day, i left in tears. horrible.

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  2. YES ABSOLUTELY TURN THIS INTO A SERIES!!! Oh my gosh I can't imagine the panic, especially having to rush in LA. Traffic there does NOT rush. But I'm glad it all worked out!!

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    1. really??? okay, i think i will turn it into a series, i think it would be fun. yes, you understand LA traffic and understand why it took me 2 hours to get the card back to him.

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  3. yes make this a series! I can't believe it took 2 hours to go home and then back to your office!! I thought Houston traffic was bad. yikes!

    One of my most embarrassing work stories: on my first day at my old job, my boss took me to a meeting. I drank a full water bottle and then we went to lunch, where I drank like 3 glasses of water. On the way back to the office, it hit me -- my bladder was about to explode! There was traffic and it seemed like it took forever just to get back to the office. As we were getting out of the car, they asked if I was okay... and about to pee all over myself, I said I just really need to go to the bathroom! So they told me to go. I ran into the building and tried to get into the first floor bathroom -- it was locked! So I ran to the elevator and ran right into my boss. Finally we all got off on the floor and I ran into the bathroom. I was so embarrassed. I was about to pee my pants on my first day at work in the backseat of my boss' car. haha

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    1. Oh dear!! We all have horribly embarrassing work stories don't we?? Unfortunately, we do. That sounds so awful!

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  4. This totally sounds like something I would do, oh man. That feeling in your gut when you realized it was there! eeeek! Luckily, it all worked out. I love this for a series, btw!

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    1. really? okay i think i will turn it into a series!! and yes, i was so panicked!!!

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  5. So lucky that they didn't make a big deal of it!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I was very lucky I didn't get ripped to shreds by it. I did get ripped apart by a few producers, but luckily this producer was nice, as was his assistant. thank goodness.

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  6. Oh my gosh! I would absolutely die!

    Especially because none of those places are remotely close to each other!

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    1. Yes, you know! You live in LA! Those places are not close at all, especially during weekday traffic. it was just a horrible and embarrassing situation.

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  7. OH GOD I would have been panicking so bad!

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  8. I love the idea of sharing more stories like this! It is always so refreshing to see bloggers are just like us :) We all make mistakes and (commonly) embarrass ourselves haha

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