Yep, hate them. As some of you know, my bike was stolen during the long weekend, and I'm really, really upset over it. I put fliers advertising a reward for its return around the neighborhood, and also filed a police report. Not much worries about the cost and my mobility, as insurance probably covers it and some nice person from BF lent me her foldie so I could get around until I find the bike or get a new one. I'm just really angry that my beloved bike, which I spent hours and hard-earned $$ upgrading and making my own, was stolen by some a-hole bike thief.
Yesterday, some jerk-face calls me up and leaves a message on my voicemail, saying that he "found" my bike and that I won't see it again unless I give him $500. He called using an unidentified number, but left another number for me to contact him at. F**k him. I did call the police about it and they said that it's probably a prank call by some kid who saw my flier, and that they can't do anything about it but they can set up a sting operation if it turns out that the idiot who called me really is the bike thief. The officer I spoke to was very polite, but also made it seem like it was a waste of time, which I agree with. I hate idiot a-holes prank callers, and I really, really hate a-hole bike thieves. What do I do about this slimeball who called me? If he IS the bike thief, I want him prosecuted (I was willing to give a reward for the return, but extortion is just TOO much), but if he isn't it's just a waste of time and resources for me and the police.