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21 May 2012 @ 12:16 pm
no, really, just try stealing these bikes  
As a vaguely-related followup to my post about people "stealing" the chocolate I keep on my desk for people to take (here), a story:

After Burning Man 2008, we planned to drop our bikes off at the roadside bike stand where we had purchased them. The person who runs this business takes bikes at the end of each festival, stores them, does a modicum of upkeep on them, and sells them to Burners at the beginning of the next year's event for $40. This is a genius business plan as long as space is cheap. It works well for burners, who effectively rent a bike for $40 for 3-10 days, and for the businessperson, who doesn't really have to do much except deal with a fuckload of bikes, which, I'll grant, is probably a pretty big job.

Anyway, we had picked up a bunch of these bikes on our way in, and planned to drop them off as we left, but the sign at the dropoff point said, "NO MORE BIKES!"

WHAT?? What were we going to do with 5 dusty crappy bikes? We certainly didn't want to fly them back to Boston.

Then someone had the brilliant idea to post them on Craigslist as giveaways in Las Vegas once we arrived. Perfect!

So, we got to our hotel, unloaded the bikes from the RV, parked them in a prominent spot in the parking lot, and posted to CL. Then, after hours of dusty RV cleaning, a bunch of transcendent showers, and dinner, we went to sleep. In the morning, the bikes were gone! Hooray!

I got back to Boston and told this story to one of my colleagues, who said in horror, "But how do you know the bikes weren't stolen??"
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harimad on May 21st, 2012 04:35 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine spent a sweaty half hour cramming a bike into her small car, to take it to Salvation Army to donate. Someone broke the car window to get in, in order to steal the bike.
ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on May 21st, 2012 04:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, god, that's ... hilariously terrible.
Will O'the Wispwotw on May 21st, 2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
naiad's sister recently cleaned out her apartment and put a bunch of furniture out by the curb with a sign saying "Free! Help Yourself". After a few days went by and nothing disappeared, she put $20 pricetags on everything. It was gone the next morning.
harimad on May 21st, 2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Now *that* is hilariously terrible. Although I know people who don't take free stuff because they figure there's a good chance that it's not there with the owner's permission (pissed off boyfriend, pissed off roommate, legit but evil landlord, etc).
catcatya on May 22nd, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
"...with the lights ON?!?"