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Date:3/13/2009

and sped away. When they reached their vehicle, they discovered they had been robbed. Their computer, passports, children's games, credit cards and check books, cell phones and traveler's checks were gone. They had lost everything, including the money to pay for Tom's treatment.

It took almost half an hour before they could get anyone to call the police. The store manager insisted the parking attendant was not employed by Wal-Mart; he just showed up every day in uniform to work for tips. Finally the manager offered his phone so the couple could call the clinic.

The clinic owner met the Teeters at the police station and brought his secretary to translate. When it became apparent that there would be no help from the police, he took the family to his home and let Jacquie use his computer to notify their banks of the theft. They had purchased Mexican auto insurance, but that only covers accidents, not theft.

Most of their funds were in traveler's checks. When they called about the theft, the company treated them like criminals. "They said we had to prove we had been able to purchase the checks. They said they would investigate to see if we had criminal records. They actually told us they suspected we had arranged the theft. They treated us like criminals," Jacquie recalled. "For days we argued with them over the phone. Believe me, the hassle was appalling. You know those commercials that say your checks will be quickly replaced if stolen - not true!"

They went to the American Embassy, who told the Teeters they could replace Jacquie and Tom's passports, but the children would have to be made wards of Mexico until they could produce birth certificates (which were stolen) to prove they were their children. The adults could leave, but they couldn't take their kids.

With no money and no passports, they were stranded. The clinic director's sister was gracious enough to provi
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