Was out for a ride and ran into something that I thought you folks would likely have opinions on.
Was on a fairly popular suburban commuting route, riding about 3/4 block behind a guy on a vintage steel road bike with a milk crate strapped on the rear rack. Suddenly he pulls off the road and into the yard of a house. As I pass, I notice that he's picking apples from a tree. This particular tree is *loaded* with apples; it may be the most productive apple tree I'd ever seen -- apples are everywhere on the ground, in the tree, on the driveway, etc.
When I look back he's still there, and I just keep going. About 10 blocks later he passes me, smiles at me and says hi. I see a bunch of apples in his milk crate.
Some Important Moral Questions I've been pondering:
1. Is it ok for cyclists to stop and take fruit from a tree in someone's yard?
2. I life fruit, too. Was I a fool for not stopping to grab my own share?
3. Should I have tried to stop him? (He was young and vigorous; I am old and spindly, but I have enough strength to dial 911 on my phone).
4. I was riding a *much* nicer bike then he was. Was it polite for him to have passed me so easily, especially since he was wearing jeans, tennis shoes, and carrying a milk crate full of apples?