I was on my way to Rome Fiumicino Airport and I took an airport bus where you are required to place your luggage under the bus in a huge compartment before taking your seat in the bus. I did not think there would be any danger in doing so. There was still 15 minutes before the bus departed.
Instead of keeping an eye on the luggage, I boarded the bus like everyone else and waited. Just before the bus was to leave, someone came on to say that a man had just taken one luggage from the bus compartment and ran off with it down the opposite end of the road. We were told to go and check if our luggage was there.
Unfortunately my luggage was nowhere to be seen in the compartment. It was stolen! Without my luggage I could not go on with the trip. Luckily my passport was with me. But in the luggage I had kept some spare cash and a laptop. Those were gone. I had to get off the bus and go to the police station to report this case. No one was there to help me and I had no idea how to get to the police station. It was the most horrendous experience!
I would not leave my luggage unattended ever again. Better still, I learned to travel light and not store valuables in the luggage.