We know that the best way to avoid the consequences of violence is to avoid violence all together. Â If a dirtbag on the street decides to take my wallet and I trulyÂ believeÂ that giving up the wallet will end the situation, I have no problem giving up the wallet. Â All that the wallet contains is a small amount of cash. Â Would you pay $100 to avoid getting hit, kicked, cut, shot or stabbed? Â I would. Â Even when I dominate that conflict there can be negative consequences. Â I don’t want those negative consequences. Â It is for this reason that I carry a Throw Away Wallet.
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What Is a “Throw Away” Wallet?
My throw away wallet is a pretty simple piece of my EDC gear. Â It is a simple leather bill fold which has a couple of pockets for credit cards, ID’s etc and an integral money clip.
- It is a functional piece of my EDC.
- I use it as storage for my cash.
- Despite the pockets I rarely carry ANYTHING other than cash in the wallet.
- Most importantly I am willing to toss this wallet any time to avoid a problem.
Purpose of a “Throw Away” Wallet
Crime and Violence Avoidance
The main component of the wallet is cash but I don’t carry all of my cash there. Â I carry a real wallet that has all my important stuff in it as well as a stash of cash.
Before the crime
Because I only carry a small amount of cash in my TAW, I can open it in public with confidence that I am not going to make myself a mark. Â It’s 2011, and a hundred bucks just isn’t a hundred bucks any more.
If I end up in a gas station to pick up a coffee in the middle of the night, the last thing I want to do is open up a wallet that is holding a couple hundred bucks. Â There are several problems with this scenario.
- I don’t need to attract attention to myself
- I don’t want to indicate that I have a chunk of cash to steal
- Often times people with a load of cash have other things that scum might like to have
After the crime
I carry a TAW to avoid escalation of simple crime.
I can only imagine how much it would suck to get stuck up for my wallet, but I can also imagine that it could get worse after the fact.
- Imagine the hassle of dealing with all of the information that is lost in a typical wallet.
- State ID
- Credit Cards
- Home and Business Address
- Imagine the scumbag that robbed you waiting outside your house 60 days after you first met. Â He knows that the insurance company has replaced your cash, wedding band and fancy watch he stole. Â Why not get the new ones too! Â You see when he took your wallet he took your ID with you home address.
Sometimes a scumbag just wants your wallet. Â When that is the case, its best to just give it up.
- When it comes to AOJP, Â J or intent is the hardest to judge.
- Another individuals intent is difficult to judge as we can never get inside someone else’s head.
- At the same time, when our gut tells us that giving it up will do, that is a great place to start.
Having a TAW can be a great distraction.
- Even if you are wrong when it comes to AOJP having a TAW can buy you time.
- Time =Â DistanceÂ = Opportunity
- Tossing a TAW can create opportunity for you to defend or escape.
- Get yourself a TAW!