In today’s video, Attorney Ben Schwartz offers some of his personal safety tips and particularities that he follows while on vacation and generally in life.
Hi, I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz,
Today we are going to do a video and it is going to be a little bit different. Normally our videos talk about issues relating to personal injury law or the law in general. Today I am going to do a video that really has nothing to do with the law. It has a lot more to do with my peculiarities and basically what I want to talk about is going on vacation. As we are recording this video, it is the beginning of September, a lot of people just went on vacation & within the next couple months we are going to have Christmas vacation or holiday vacation and people will be going on vacation again. Then we will be having spring break; people will be going on vacation again for that.
I have some rules that I follow about vacation. I like to talk about them because it is the stuff that I do. It is stuff I do without thinking about it, but when I do it, people around me are like wow which is kind of strange. I just came back from upstate New York, where my family and another family were on vacation. I was driving my friend’s car and she needed gas, so there were two gas stations a no-name gas station and a Sunoco station. I said let’s go get gas and I drove right past the no-name gas station. She said, “why are you going past this gas station? You could have just stopped right here.”
I never ever stop at no-name gas stations, because I know oftentimes they use recycled gas. When cars get into accidents, cars are crashed-up and totaled. They are taken to a junkyard, the junkyard has to recover the gasoline out of the gas tank before the car can be recycled. What they do is, they suck the gas out of the gas tanks and they put it in a big tank and a tanker truck comes along and sucks that gas out of the holding tank and recycles it. When you go to a no-name gas station, oftentimes that is what you are getting. You do not know what octane it is. You do not know how old that gas is. It could be several years old, you do not know what it is mixed with. It could have oil in it, it could have particulate, basically, it could have bad stuff in it – you do not know what you are getting. So I like to bypass the no-name gas station and go to the name brand gas station, fill up at the Sunoco, Texaco, or what have you. People tell me that is kinda strange, but there is a reason behind it.
Another thing about going on vacation that I am particular about is, on Facebook, all of my friends go on vacation and here is what they post: “Last day of work! I am leaving tomorrow for a vacation. The next day they post, “I am on the airplane going to Acapulco.” The next day they post pictures of palm trees. When you post that on Facebook and you and your friends like it, share it, comment on it, you are not only showing your friends, the people that you trust, that you are on vacation but when they like and comment on it, their friends get to see that you are on vacation. Basically what you are doing is you’re broadcasting to the world that you are not home. If there is somebody who has a drug problem, needs to steal a big screen TV, needs to ransack somebody’s house, well you are not home, let’s go rob your house. So, one thing I am particular about is, I do not post anything on social media about my vacation until after it has happened. When I come back, I get my phone, I go through all the pictures, I upload the stuff to Facebook and I am actually back now putting stuff on Facebook about a vacation that already happened. I do not think that people are going to burglarize my house, they are not as likely to burglarize my house if I am home.
I will give you another example, I never carry a wallet. I went to New York Law School. On the first day of law school, one of the professors came into class and he was all upset. Someone said, Professor what is the problem? He said, many of you just moved to New York City and I want to give you a tip. Get a woman’s hairband or a rubber band, put it around your credit cards and your cash. Keep it in your front pocket, do not carry a wallet, because I had a wallet in my back pocket and a pickpocket on the subway just stole my wallet. They took my driver’s license, my credit cards, my debit card, everything that I had was in my wallet and now here I am with nothing. So when I go on vacation, and generally in my everyday life, I do not carry a wallet. I have not carried a wallet since the first day of school. I put one of my wife’s hair bands around my credit cards and cash, and this is how I carry my stuff. I carry it in my front pocket and it would be very very difficult for a pickpocket to steal that. So if I go on vacation, I am not getting my pockets picked.
These are some of my safety tips. I have a lot more safety tips. Maybe we will do another video, but because I just came back from vacation, and I just had a conversation with a friend of mine about how peculiar I am, I figured this would be a good video. Just put it out there and maybe people can get some safety tips out of this video so that you will protect yourself, you will protect your family and your friends when you go on vacation. If you have safety tips, as peculiar as they may be, comment on this video or send me an email below. Let us know what tips you have, maybe it is something that we could either do another video about it or we can publish it if it is a good idea and other people can use your safety tip to help protect themselves and their families as well. I’m Attorney Ben Schwartz, thanks for watching!