This episode also furthers the need to register your bikes with BikeIndex.org
I hope the bike gets home and I hope that all is resolved without hard feelings
or martial intervention.
On Feb 2, 2018, 4:09 PM -0800, 'Mark in Beacon' via RBW Owners Bunch
> But spreading the word is the whole point. It just so happens that apparently
> the RBW Owners Bunch is chock full of internet litigators.
> Sure, life is full of gray areas. Operating on the motivational principle, if
> you catch some kid stealing sunglasses from your store, and he tells you he
> is going to pawn it so he can have money to eat, maybe you give him a lecture
> and let him go. Or maybe he smirks and kicks you in the shin and you decide
> to call the police. Either way, as the property owner, it's your call. This
> situation is different--not his property, and already there is a procedure in
> place to handle this exact event.
> I would tend to trust your judgment regarding this cl guy and the Riv bike,
> and think there is no reason to doubt the guy is sincere and on the up and
> up. But do you really want people running around Portland rescuing abandoned
> bicycles? I don't think the guy should be arrested, but he should probably be
> advised to get the bike to the police or the agency responsible for abandoned
> bikes asap.
> On Friday, February 2, 2018 at 6:30:06 PM UTC-5, John at Rivelo wrote:
> > Hi, I'm the guy that posted this in the first place.
> > I have exchanged emails with the Craiglist poster. I have a report from
> > someone in the neighborhood who spoke with him in person.
> > He has reposted the ad. He has asked me on more than one occasion if I've
> > had any luck on my end tracking down the owner. (I haven't.)
> > Honestly, I feel kinda' bad now about even mentioning this, considering
> > that I think the guy is on the up-and-up. Would I have done it
> > exactly the same way? Maybe not. But in every exchange I've had with him,
> > he comes across as 100% genuine.
> > I tend to skew more toward the "motivation" end of things, both here and in
> > life, in general. Nothing I've heard from the CL poster - or the guy
> > in the neighborhood who talked to him - leads me to think that his
> > motivation is anything less than sincere. I don't believe he has any
> > intention
> > of keeping the bike, or is living in hopes that the owner won't resurface.
> > He appears to me to really want to find the rightful owner of the Hillborne.
> > John in Portland at Rivelo
> > On Friday, February 2, 2018 at 3:04:55 PM UTC-8, Bill Schairer wrote:
> > > I read a thread on crazyguyonabike not long ago by a couple whose tandem
> > > was stolen in New Orleans (I think) while they were eating lunch on their
> > > cross country tour. The bike was rather immediately purchased by a good
> > > samaritan, knowing it was stolen, for a song. Amazingly, he found the
> > > true owner’s name and phone number stuffed in the handlebars or seatpost
> > > (something like that) and was able to reunite the bike with the owner and
> > > they were able to complete their tour relatively uninterupted if I
> > > remember correctly. I keep thinking I need to stash my name and number
> > > in my bikes in several places but I’ve never got around to it.
> > >
> > > That aside, I guess I do see a difference in the two actions even if
> > > technically there is no difference. No way, no how is that tandem
> > > getting back to the owner unless a good samaritan takes that action. No
> > > way, no how is the bike in Portland getting back to its rightful owner
> > > BECAUSE of the “good samaritan’s” action. If I’m the owner of the
> > > tandem, I’m thanking the guy who purchased my tandem. If I’m the owner
> > > of the bike in Portland, I’m wondering who the hell are you stealing my
> > > bike? Big difference in my mind even if both actions are legally wrong.
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