another cautionary tale

so the series on bike theft continues.  here is a recent story from friend/neighbor/co-conspirator Jimmy:

So, from what I hear, this is what happens Now when you steal bikes or bike stuff from messengers or any cyclist in downtown.Word on the street is a couple of high school bike thieves were caught by a messenger in the act of petty larceny, e.g. stealing some commuter’s bike wheel.  Messenger says, “hey what ya doing?” and calls another messenger.  Kids try to act tough, but the amounting messenger population descending upon them like large squawking scavenger birds began to eat away at any courage and conviction they might have had left.
Instead of beating them to bloody pulp and sending them home in their own private ambulance (like the other times that this has happened) these messengers thought better of their opportunity:  they stole back … jeans, dickies, shirts, hats, jewelry, shoes … everything save one sock and two pairs of properly soiled boxers.
The boys exclaimed that they would call the cops and right then and there a Sheriff drove past and kept up driving past with a look of bewilderment, as to say, “these crazy kids these days.”
The boys were sent on their way and one very responsible messenger called one of the boy’s father on the boy’s cell phone, told the father of the whereabouts of his son, his current condition and why it was that he was in that condition.  The father replied with a simple and firm, “Good.”
As for the all the stolen items, they were quickly donated to the needy homeless person who calls downtown home.
If I lose hope with the balance of the universe, which I do from time to time, I must say, it these sweet morsels of serendipity that makes up for a lot of it.
Here’s to non-violence and [hopefully] how effective it can be.

Lates.
Lube and Sprockets.

12 thoughts on “another cautionary tale

  1. Goddamn, this warms my heart. If more people were properly shamed by their bullshit behavior maybe — just maybe — there’d be a little less of it in the world.

  2. Great news. I love everything about this!! Yes on shaming them… Dan B. Teach these punks a damn lesson!!

  3. @ XANDRYS

    HOPE YOU TELL THEM NOT TO SHOW UP AT ANY GROUP RIDES OR BIKE EVENTS… THEY ARE ON THE “SHOW UP AND GET BEAT DOWN LIST” AFTER THE SHIT THEY TRIED TO DO.

  4. @XANDRYS

    exactly what Stan said.
    Those faces are up all over LA cycling message boards. Others might not be as good hearted as the downtown messengers.

    Love this story by the way.

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