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    Gordon P
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    I prevented a bike theft!

    Last night at 3:45 AM while I was working the over night shift at my local homeless shelter I saw these three young guys, not clients, lurking around the neighbourhood. After a while, one of them grabbed bolt cutters out of his backpack and proceeded to scale the balcony of a condominium complex. From my vantagepoint I could not see what he was up to so I walked over and asked him if I could be of assistance. His friends rode off and he jumped from the second story of the building and quickly rode off on his bike. Oddly enough, one of our female clients came up to me to see if I got ripped off on a crack deal.

    Life in the inner city!

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    Good for you man!

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    Way to go! And to be polite at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon P
    ... one of them grabbed bolt cutters out of his backpack and proceeded to scale the balcony of a condominium complex.
    --- Two comments:
    1. CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for striking a blow against bike theft.
    2. Did you file a report to the police? Ya gotta do that.
    "The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man's metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well." Ivan Illich ('Energy and Equity')1974

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    2. Did you file a report to the police? Ya gotta do that.
    I thought about calling the police, but I already knew how they would have responded, as I had called them a couple of nights earlier about a more serious issue and they didn’t have the time. I have no problem confronting criminals. The other week I saw two guys betting up an old man, so I rode up to them and asked them to stop and one of them did and the other just argued with me for about a minute before he continued to beat the guy so I went and got a cop. Anyway, I left a note for the owner of the bike and he can do what he likes.
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    They were scaling the balcony of a residential building and all you consider is simple bike theft? What you did was a good thing, but, you failed to follow through by sounding the alarm. The bolt cutters may have been to most expedient means available of breaking into a person's home and doing them harm. Just my 2 pence.
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    You prevented something, but that something wasn't as worth it if you had actually called the cops and have them arrested.

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    Gordon realised that the cops weren't going to do anything, and that they wouldn't have turned up in time anyway.

    Gordon- well done.

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    Evil only triumphs when good men stand by and do nothing

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    Congratulations for preventing the theft. I've said before that there should be a special place in hell for bike theives, so maybe there should be a special place in heaven for people who intervene. Fortunately they didn't use anything else in that backpack to help you get there sooner!
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    Two great things in one night. First putting in time at the homeless shelter, then scaring away some sneaky bastards. Bravo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordon P
    Last night at 3:45 AM while I was working the over night shift at my local homeless shelter I saw these three young guys, not clients, lurking around the neighbourhood. After a while, one of them grabbed bolt cutters out of his backpack and proceeded to scale the balcony of a condominium complex. From my vantagepoint I could not see what he was up to so I walked over and asked him if I could be of assistance. His friends rode off and he jumped from the second story of the building and quickly rode off on his bike. Oddly enough, one of our female clients came up to me to see if I got ripped off on a crack deal.

    Life in the inner city!

    Your client is an idiot... tell her "no, it's just an I D 10 T, and she should be familiar with the proper protocol on such matters." On the other hand... kudos to you!

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    Nicely done.

    of course everyone will want to hear that the person was arrested and bla bla...
    But we all know that's not reality.
    Sometimes just preventing the theft is the best thing.

    And for fears that the perp might B&E. Well, that's why people own guns. Not getting in the political boat but if people don't feel the police can protect them, they take it into their own hands right or wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    You prevented something, but that something wasn't as worth it if you had actually called the cops and have them arrested.
    Of all the bad neighborhoods I've lived in and believe me some were bad and of all the sh1t i've seen gone down I've never ever once seen cops do any good. But I've seen plenty of times when good people fight for whats right and accomplish something.

    Gordon ya did good man.

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    Good job. Stop crime. Help the homeless.
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    Good men (& women) don't stand by & do nothing.

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