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Old 08-04-06, 01:15 PM   #1
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Need Advice... Bike Missing

I left a bicycle at a friend's house out of pure laziness. I recognize the stupidity there. One day I get a call from one of his roomates asking to use the bike. I tell him its ok. I leave it there for some time and the roomate continues to use the bike.

One day I get there to check on the bike and its gone.

Who is responsible for the bike?

IMO if the bike was stolen from the apartment its my fault, but I feel that if the bike was lost because the roomate was using it, he should be responsible. What do you think? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 08-04-06, 01:18 PM   #2
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wrong forum -> General Cycling Discussion

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Old 08-04-06, 01:19 PM   #3
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Has the friend or roomate admitted to losing it or having it lost/stolen while in their possesion? If not, you probably don't have much choice but to accept it as a hard life lesson.
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Old 08-04-06, 01:25 PM   #4
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Sorry if this is the wrong forum... and I appreciate the responses. I actually have not been able to speak with the roomate yet, and its possible that he knows exactly where it is. I just want to know how to approach him when he returns from out of town. As far as to whether or not he'll admit it, I don't know. I think its fairly obvious that he had been using it, and since nothing was stolen from the apartment it would be hard to believe that someone went in and took just my bike. It is possible though and I don't want to balme him if he's not to blame. But if he was careless I think he should be responsible.
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I would just ask if you could have your bike back. If he says no, then something is up.

On a side note, if this person does drugs, consider it an immediate warning sign if things you borrowed is missing....one of my friends kept having stuff get "stolen" that he borrowed, turns out he was fencing them off to feed a drug habit.
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I think it works here.

It's a responsibility thing, not just applicable to cycling, but to life in general as well. You've admittedly, neglectfully and willfully left the bike there in a lasie faire attitude. Your decission

Someone asks to use the bike while it's there, you're decission, but is it now his responsibility? I think not. Did you know the person you allowed to use it or not? If you don't know him, then it's sorry on you chum. But if you knew him, ten I beliieve the Friendship card can come in to play... depending on how tight you two are. Then he should take some responsibility if he valued your friendship.

Do you feel he should be responsible or are you feeling like not taking responsibility for your possesions?

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Old 08-04-06, 01:50 PM   #7
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I think it works here.

It's a responsibility thing, not just applicable to cycling, but to life in general as well. You've admittedly, neglectfully and willfully left the bike there in a lasie faire attitude. Your decission

Someone asks to use the bike while it's there, you're decission, but is it now his responsibility? I think not. Did you know the person you allowed to use it or not? If you don't know him, then it's sorry on you chum. But if you knew him, ten I beliieve the Friendship card can come in to play... depending on how tight you two are. Then he should take some responsibility if he valued your friendship.

Do you feel he should be responsible or are you feeling like not taking responsibility for your possesions?

Thanks for the reply. I don't necessarily agree with you, but I want to perhaps clarify some things.
Yes I did leave it there out of laziness. But I was told I could leave it there. Since I wasn't using it I did let the roomate use it. I do know the roomate, although we're not great friends. While I know that it was stupid to leave it there, I still think that its implied that when you borrow something its your responsibility. Of course its foolish in some cases to lend things to people and in the end I may no longer have a bike, but I'm not sure that takes away the other person's responsibility.

If for instance he just decided to sell it, I'd think he should be responsible. If he left it outside in the middle of the night unlocked, he should be responsible. If he brought it back home and it disappeared from there, well then I don't think its his fault.

Anyways, again, thanks for the reply. I just want to see if what I say makes sense.
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Old 08-04-06, 02:29 PM   #8
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Yeah, it makes sense and for good discussion here. Thanks for posting.
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yeah, just ask for it back. he'll either give it back or tell you what happened to it. If he's a decent human being and it was stolen while under his care, he will get you another bike or somehow compensate you.
but don't count on it.
think positive, your bike might be OK.... he might have lent it to someone else! in which case you have more chasing down to do... boy, that kind of sucks.
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