I had coffee with the girlfriends yesterday and one friend (I'll call her "Anne") told an interesting story. I'll tell it here... there seems to be an obvious answer but I hoping you guys can come up with some plausible, non-obvious answers, too.

Here's the story:

About 7 years ago, Anne's sister lived in England and got J.K. Rowling's signature on the first Harry Potter book, then gave Anne the book as a gift. The book is one of Anne's treasures although she has not yet read the series. Recently, Anne's 9-year-old child wanted to start reading the series, so she gave him the first book and tried to show him the autograph, but there is no longer an autograph in the book!

Confused, Anne examined the book, and although it looked exactly the same there was no doubt it is a different book since there's no autograph. Also, buried in the pages of the book, Anne found a receipt for the book's purchase dated two years ago. The receipt is from a local bookstore and has three other childrens' books listed. Anne's child does not own the other books, and has never owned those three books, and Anne is absolutely positive she has never bought the first Harry Potter book... why would she when she has an autographed copy at home?

Anne said she has a really bad feeling about this. She said she sometimes puts valuables away when kids are coming over, so she

Since Anne has a child, she has had other kids and their moms over to her house many times. But this wasn't an impulse steal... someone really planned it and did a switch. Anne feels really lousy. Not only has one of her treasures been stolen, but it was done by a "friend" whom she had welcomed into her home.

If you have questions I will ask Anne and post them. But I'm wondering, what are your thoughts?

Here's the story:

About 7 years ago, Anne's sister lived in England and got J.K. Rowling's signature on the first Harry Potter book, then gave Anne the book as a gift. The book is one of Anne's treasures although she has not yet read the series. Recently, Anne's 9-year-old child wanted to start reading the series, so she gave him the first book and tried to show him the autograph, but there is no longer an autograph in the book!

Confused, Anne examined the book, and although it looked exactly the same there was no doubt it is a different book since there's no autograph. Also, buried in the pages of the book, Anne found a receipt for the book's purchase dated two years ago. The receipt is from a local bookstore and has three other childrens' books listed. Anne's child does not own the other books, and has never owned those three books, and Anne is absolutely positive she has never bought the first Harry Potter book... why would she when she has an autographed copy at home?

Anne said she has a really bad feeling about this. She said she sometimes puts valuables away when kids are coming over, so she

*might*have put it away but she knows for certain she never bought another copy of the book.Since Anne has a child, she has had other kids and their moms over to her house many times. But this wasn't an impulse steal... someone really planned it and did a switch. Anne feels really lousy. Not only has one of her treasures been stolen, but it was done by a "friend" whom she had welcomed into her home.

If you have questions I will ask Anne and post them. But I'm wondering, what are your thoughts?