OK, so as I was getting off the train with my folder in Bridgeport, this guy was trying to get on the train with a brand new $490 bike. Conductor wouldn't let him on. He was looking at me, hoping that he could, but I showed him that mine folds, which is permitted even during peak hour trains.
Regular bikes are permitted other times if you have a $5 lifetime permit.
The guy looked at the train, looked at the bike, and leaned it against the railing on the platform and boarded the train!
He must have been choosing work over bike I guess. I grabbed it and walked over to the door and gave him our number and offered to hold it at work for him. I had to walk across town with two bikes, but there it sits.
He must have been interviewing that AM or starting a new seasonal job? Don't know. I didn't get the vibe that the bike was stolen and he was just thinking "easy come/easy go," although bike theft is an obvious problem in the city.
(The current style among the young guys is to be riding purple and pink "obviously stolen" bikes in order to look tough.)
But he hasn't phoned and hasn't dropped by work yet.... hmmm.