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The Bicycle Thief

Found by Ryan C. in Muncie, Indiana

I am a student at Ball State University. A few weeks ago I noticed a bike lying on the ground, unattached to anything. It was a cool bike– vintage and in pretty good condition. Everyday for a week I would come to this area to lock up my bike and marvel that no one had taken what seemed to be an abandoned Huffy Santa Fe. I also lamented that someone would leave such a great bike out in the elements as if it were just a piece of trash. I decided to liberate the bike from its negligent owner. I rode it for about a month with the intention to give it back if anyone claimed it to be theirs. When I came out of my office yesterday, the bike-which unlike the owner, I had locked up-was gone. In its place was this somewhat incoherent and patronizing note. Notice that he (I assume by the handwriting it’s a guy) asks for his bike lock back, but does not indicate to me where I can deliver it.


  1. anonymous says:

    on March 12, 2012 at 12:11 am
    Um, kinda thinking that you shouldn’t steal bikes, asshole.

  2. sj says:

    on May 20, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    Not really a ‘Find’ if the note is for you

  3. Keliklindsey says:

    on June 8, 2012 at 1:42 am
    You probably shouldn’t have “liberated” the bike. If it was a “vintage Huffy” and was in “great condition,” I don’t see how the owner could be considered neglectful- He was merely too trusting to leave it unlocked. Your rant seemed like a mixture of temptation and insult, both used to somehow justify your actions. I found the note hilarious, and I am ecstatic to know he was able to retrieve his stolen property. Hardly ever do I hear of happy endings in such cases. 🙂

  4. Chris says:

    on August 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm