So Here's This Guy Riding My Bike

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by 5-7HEAVEN, Apr 8, 2009.

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  1. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    HawaiiEd gave me an old Gary fisher mountain bike. It had flat tires and rusty drivetrain. I filled the tires, greased everything and the bike runs pretty well.

    I'm thinking it'd be great to have it at my workplace. I walk a few bloocks for lunch. I also walk several blocks to night school, so I could make good use of it.

    So I put it in my van and the wife drives me to work. While securing the bike I realize I left the key to the bike chain in the van and my wife drove away.

    No biggie. I'llsqueeze the bike between the bikerack and the wall, block it in with a cinder block. Then I'll run the chain thru the wheel and rack. From a distance no one would notice it's unlocked.

    Two hours later my wife drops the key off on the first floor parking area. I catch the elevator to the fourth floor where my bike is at, so I can lock my bike....

    and I catch the building maintenance man riding my bike!!!:annoyed:

    "Bra, you wanna put my bike back on the rack?" I asked in a serious ominous tone.

    "But the bike wasn't locked up." was his main defense he and his partner kept insisting.

    So he rolls my bike between the rack and the wall and places the cinder block next to the crankset.

    I asked him what he was thinking. He mentioned again that the bike was unlocked. It's not like the bike was sitting there abandoned for months. I just brought it there two hours ago. I told him not in my wildest dream would I do such a thing.

    His friend utters the same lame excuse.

    It's not like this guy's a young naive guy. Both men were in their 50's.

    I was upset. If I'd reported the incident both men would probably get fired for such a stupid mistake.

    Two family men losing their job over poor judgment over a bike not worth $40.

    If they were messing with "The Dragon Lady", my regular commuter bike I would've pressed charges and have them fired.

    It's not over yet. I'm looking for an apology. They never said they were sorry.

    What would you have done?

  2. cooltoy

    cooltoy Member

    I guess they look at it like it's thier turf and they were just messing around with an old bike. It may have even started out with a "look at that old bike"..
    The thing is that there really is no excuse and I would freak out if I walked out to see some guy on my bike.
    I think they may be getting to comfortable in that job, with so much time for play.
  3. Hawaii_Ed

    Hawaii_Ed Member

    Glad you got the bike together and functional, and low buck too! It really is not a bad looking bike, they should not have thought it was junk. And I am glad the wife was OK with getting the bike ;)

    While it is old, most people know that Gary Fisher = $$$. My read is it that he was checking it out to see if it was worth taking home, no other reason to ride it :(

    Last edited: Apr 8, 2009
  4. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Hawaii Ed's guess about motive sounds convincing to me. At least I'm willing to bet that this guy was riding your bike for some other reason than the sheer fun of it.

    Last summer I came across a situation where a guy definitely deserved to be fired. I kept quiet for the same reason that you did. "After all, this is a human being with obligations...etc....maybe we're just looking at a small lapse in judgement..." and so on. But the guy in question is just rotten to the core and really doesn't deserve a break. So I'm not at all sure that I did the right thing. It's likely to end up the same way with you.

    I'm used to working alone. I'm pretty new at working with others, day to day. (I'm pretty sure that's going to end soon. I'm getting tired of it. Back to working alone, I think.) So I'm not sure that my judgement in getting along with co-workers is all that well-developed. But I think I've learned one lesson; being easy on the creeps is probably not worth it.
  5. Silvaire

    Silvaire Member

    5-7HEAVEN, With jobs a bit hard to come by as they are right now, how would you feel if you or a friend got laid off - and these two creeps, er, "family men", were kept on?

    I think you are absolutely right about that bluegoatwoods. What's hard is making the decision as to what is the right thing to do, and then having the guts to do it - whatever that decision is.

    I've had 4 bikes stolen in my life. One I got back. I left it unlocked in a bike rack with a flat tire while I went in a store to buy a tube. When I came out my bike was gone. I ran out to the main street and looked. I saw the guy walking away with it a block away. I was 13, he was about 20, and I felt pretty good just getting it back...

    Venting on a forum regarding such matters can be good therapy!
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2009
  6. lordoflightaz

    lordoflightaz Member

    There is just something wrong with our society. I hate, absolutely hate, having to lock up my bike. Why can't I just get off it go in the store, buy my stuff and get on the bike.

    I had to go to the doctor today. On the way to the doctor, I had to stop at the X-ray place to pick up some X-rays. I was going to have to chain the bike up just to run in sign my name and get the film. I got lucky the security guard was sitting outside the door. I asked if he was going to be there a while and would he watch my bike while I ran in. I got lucky again at the doctors office, there was a bench bolted to the ground so I locked the bike to the bench.

    The sad thing are that doctors office's have security guards, I have to find a place to lock up my bike, that people don't respect personal property, and now when I think of Hawaii, I will think about bike thieves.

    I think you should have reported them. They "may" not have been planning on stealing the bike, but who is to say what the might not plan to steal from the job.
  7. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    cooltoy, yeah you might be right. They think they own the place.

    Hawaii Ed, thanks again for the bike. Will I have any problems registering it? Then I'll upgrade with rims, tires, brakes, engine, etc.

    I think you're right, Ed. The guy had shorter legs than I, and was studying how his short fat build matched the 15.5" bike frame. I think he WAS sizing up the bike and seriously thinking about taking it home "because it was unlocked".

    bluegoatwoods, I believe I did the right thing. My wife has been unemployed for 14 months, so I'm at my absolutely BEST behavior at work. The situation could've gotten nasty with me seriously hurting him or vice versa. Jail or hospital. Then more bills, medical or legal.

    Then less time to ride that THING!:jester:

    Silvaire, I work for the State so they're not gonna lay me or any permanent worker off...unless I REALLY mess fighting in the parking lot, seriously injuring a fellow State worker.

    And yes, venting is good therapy. I can kick butt on cyberspace and no one gets physically hurt!:devilish:

    lord, that's why I brought the regular bike to use at work. Too much hassle running and securing my twin-engined monster. Once I start up "The Dragon Lady" I just want to keep riding.

    I'd want to ride home at lunchtime and call in sick for the rest of the day.
  8. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    well who truly knows what was going through their minds ??
    one thing for sure -- thinking and doing such as that
    does not fly up top the mountain........

    I think that I would get the guy alone
    tell him to never touch mine or anyone's elses anything at work !!!

    the guy seems to have no morals
    or mabe -- just to be jumping on someone's bike for the fun of it
    really meaning no harm -- at least seems to prove -- not much in the way of brains !!

    ride the motor bike THING
  9. macarollo

    macarollo Guest

    I think you did the right thing. That would have made me very upset too.
  10. mlcorson

    mlcorson Member

    When I was young, I got caught fishing in someone's private pond. My excuse was that I was practicing catch and release, and that wasn't really fishing. No harm was really done...a minor trespass. Embarrassed, I felt stupid afterwords, because I was doing something I shouldn't have been doing but I justified it with a lame argument.
    Well, my point is that people do things for lots of different reasons, and you can't always expect them to react how you would after being caught is such a stupid situation. These guys may have pushed the limit, but in this case, I'd advise forgive and forget. Good karhma is the gift that keeps on giving.
  11. srdavo

    srdavo Active Member

    Well said!
  12. 5-7HEAVEN

    5-7HEAVEN Guest

    In my life I've made a ton of mistakes, been in stupid situations too.

    mlcorson, I'll take your advice. Not looking for apology. That guy makes his own bed, I make mine.:cool:
  13. seanhan

    seanhan Member

    Man it's a good thing people are so laid back there !!!
    In Texas you might get shot for taking someones bike !!!!
    Hang Loose !!!!
  14. 247Jude

    247Jude Member

    That would surely make anyone think twice about steeling a bike. One summer I went fire fighting for 19 days strait, I had just finished tuning up three bike for the summer. First thing I went for was the shed to go for a ride when I got home, some broke in and took them all! One was my brothers, he was ****ed.
  15. 247Jude

    247Jude Member

    I find it is always someone who uses there bike a lot who is victimized and is unfortunenate enough to have their bike stolen!
  16. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Thinking about the point made by mlcorson; I'm a pretty straight-and-narrow, trustworthy type. To both friends and strangers. And yet I have done some pretty selfish and stupid things in my life. (For whatever it's worth, I do feel bad about it.) So maybe we should "judge not, lest we be judged".

    And, yep 247Jude, it does seem to be the ones who actually use (and properly care for) their bikes that get them stolen. Maybe that's not actually true. I suppose those bikes are out there where they could get stolen more than the bikes that are never used. But it's still a pity.
  17. 247Jude

    247Jude Member

    I have purchased more bikes to replace stolen ones than any thing else, I have totaled one frame and it was repaced under warrenty after 13 years! That I had purchased second hand, from some one who had it sitting in a garage for 5 years, It sat beside a shed for 7 years, while I worked in the states untill comming back from firefighting, so I retived it and rebuilt it. I road it for a year or two untill the frame cracked and the back bone split from the neck. I got a credit for the bike for more than what I paid for it, and purchased a new bike. Only to have that one stolen a year later.
  18. Born2BWild

    Born2BWild New Member

    We got 'Bait cars' - how about BAIT Bikes..?
    Suggest it to the local PD, makes law enforcement E-Z, which is all it seems they want to do these days, silver-platter stuff. Bring back some good ol' time law enforcement, not just MILITARY-style policing which is also becoming very popular. Shoot or Taser or Baton first; ask questions later.

    In my jurisdiction, there is a Farmer currently on trial for 7 charges for chasing down a guy that stole his ATV at 3 am. Problem is - he shotgunned the guy. But the guy was OK enough to keep running and stole another truck.

    Will justice be served in rural Alberta (Canada)? Stay tuned. 100 local people showed up for the farmer's first court appearance. They started a trust fund for his legal fees - donations are pouring in. It seems the locals are a little PO'd with the PO PO (the RCMP who charged him)...
  19. 247Jude

    247Jude Member

    I like the bait idea, I don't buy new any more. Because I know it will be stolen in a year or two, I live a block from the dump and they sell them there for $5 or less. I now have a bike that is made out of maybe 10 diferent bikes, it is priceless to me. It was stolen one summer night. I spead the word to eveyone I knew,
    With in a week I got it back! Some one stole it because they were lazy to walk home, it was found ditched in a vacant lot about 5 miles from where I live (where it was stolen from).
  20. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    Actually, the "bait bike" does exist. I remember seeing it on "Cops". They used one that was expensive enough to warrant a felony charge. And it seemed to take only a couple of minutes for it to get taken. It was fun watching these jerks case the bike for a minute or so, looking around for the owner or the police. Then they'd hop on and get chased down.

    And they'd come up with lame stuff like, "that guy over on the other block asked me to pick up his bike for him" and **** like that.

    Fun to watch!