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    Obviously abandoned...WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

    Holy cow, this bicycle has been sitting outside my local grocery store, unlocked, for over TWO MONTHS!!
    cherrycrusher.jpg

    There's no question in my mind that this bicycle is clearly abandoned, because I see it there DAILY, at all hours, even when the store is closed. Yes, there are employees that work there overnight; however, I know it does not belong to anybody on third shift because I work third shift and I have already asked around. Nobody knows who it belongs to.

    So, for the last two months I have left it alone, but it drives me crazy to see it just sitting there unused when somebody could be riding it! I mean, it's not exactly a high-quality bicycle, but I'm sure any kid would love to have it, right? Anyway, I leave on tour in a few days so I'm still not going to do anything about this mystery bike--I'm just curious to hear your ideas (silly or serious) on what you would do in this situation. Discuss!

    Btw, in case you can't see the pic...it's a shiny red mtb-style with the words "Cherry Crush-er" (yes, like the soda) on it.

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    If its obviouly abandoned and in good condition I'd take it home and restore it. Did that with a kids bike for my Daughter the bike was left for months, someone removed the lock and it was just... rusting away so I wheeled it home and fixed it for $20. If you don't, someone else will. However, looking at that photo it looks to be GREAT condition. No rust, parts all there etc. I'd make some enquiries about its owner (or lack of) first.

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    I'd call the cops.

    I'm thinking that the bike has most likely been stolen and abandoned at the store because the thief didn't need it to ride home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I'd call the cops.

    I'm thinking that the bike has most likely been stolen and abandoned at the store because the thief didn't need it to ride home.
    This would be the correct and moral thing to do. Anything else is theft.

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    I'd ignore it
    its a *mart POS rebranded as a soda promotional.
    if it starts taking up useful bike rack space, ask the manager about tossing it in the dumpster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    I'd call the cops.

    I'm thinking that the bike has most likely been stolen and abandoned at the store because the thief didn't need it to ride home.
    Definately the most likely scenario. Kids here will take anything not tied down out for a joyride and dump it when they're bored.

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    This was someone's bike, maybe someone's first ride, maybe someone's dream ride. Call the cops and let them sort it out. Hopefully bike and rider will be reunited.
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    One option:
    Lock it to the rack. Wait a while.....days, weeks, months..........then unlock it and ride it home.

    Probably ought to check with The Man, though.

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    The thread title asks the question, “What would you do?” I would do absolutely nothing. To start with it is a cheap bike that is not worth the possibility of getting yourself in trouble over. How do you know that the bike is not a bait bike that the police are watching? It is probably not but what if it is? If it is not a bait bike there is still the possibility of being charged with being in possession of stolen property.

    If the thought of it being there was driving me crazy then I would go into the store and talk to the store manager. Once the store manager is made aware that an abandoned bike is in “his” bike rack, the bike is his problem not yours.

    Trust me, when I tell you the smartest thing you can do is leave this bike alone.
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    Leave it. Someone else will steal it eventually, or the grocery store will dispose of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrandaddyBiker View Post
    How do you know that the bike is not a bait bike that the police are watching? It is probably not but what if it is? If it is not a bait bike there is still the possibility of being charged with being in possession of stolen property.
    You're kidding - right?

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    Does your store sell Cherry Crush? It's probably a promo item that was delivered to the store and forgotten about. I'd just talk to a manager and ask if you can take it. I mean, I wouldn't want it, but if you wanted to give it away to the needy, that would be more noble than tossing it in the dumpster.
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    Not your bike, not on your property, None of your business. Ride on.
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    Have the store manager call the cops. They will come remove it. Check to see if stolen, if not they will make sure it gets into the areas bike Christmas program. So it will end up going to some one who could really use it.

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    Post a picture of it on craigslist with the title "Anyone missing a bike?" and see what you get. Police will just come take it and put it in a auction. I bet some drunk took it to the store to get a refill and couldn't ride it home with his hands full. Kudo's to your neighborhood for being so honest. That bike would have been on a scrap truck after one night here.

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    I have had that same moral dilemma recently. One was a Raleigh three speed that was dumped between two fences upside-down. It's now gone. The other one is a mid-range Diamondback that's been locked to the same bike rack for over 20 years in an apartment complex. The owner has moved away. I really want the D-back for a broke friend of mine. We are looking for a Raleigh 3 speed.

    The bike in the OP is a piece of poop, but somebody could use it. Talk to the store manager. The cops will mostly likely only bring bad news.
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    I can't believe it has been there for 2 months unlocked without being stolen? What area is this?

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    Like I said--I personally am also of the "none of my business" / "leave it alone" mentality. Even though it is a POS, I figured that if somebody looking for an easy snatch happened to come by, they'd probably go for that bike (being unlocked) before they try to grab mine (always locked).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lungimsam View Post
    I can't believe it has been there for 2 months unlocked without being stolen? What area is this?
    I didn't say at first because I didn't want it to sound like I was announcing "Hey, free bike! Come pick it up!" But I'd like to think that nobody on BF would go steal a bicycle based off something they read on BF, so for what it's worth...I live in Beavercreek, OH (pop. 45,000)--an upper/middle-class, Caucasian suburb of Dayton, OH.

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    Take it, keep it until the holidays, then donate to Toys for Tots or something similar - a church giving tree thing, maybe.

    You could also just bring it to Salvation Army, Goodwill or a church right away.

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    I should add, the grocery store is entitled to dispose of it. Ask your boss for permission to do what I suggested, then it's not on you if it somehow turns out to be the wrong choice.

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    What would I do?

    No, I would not steal it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
    I have had that same moral dilemma recently. One was a Raleigh three speed that was dumped between two fences upside-down. It's now gone. The other one is a mid-range Diamondback that's been locked to the same bike rack for over 20 years in an apartment complex. The owner has moved away. I really want the D-back for a broke friend of mine. We are looking for a Raleigh 3 speed.

    The bike in the OP is a piece of poop, but somebody could use it. Talk to the store manager. The cops will mostly likely only bring bad news.
    Or maybe good news for the original owner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    You're kidding - right?
    No I am not kidding. If I were I would have placed a smiley face next to the sentence. I said in my post that it probably wasn’t a bait bike.

    I know police use bait cars to catch thieves but I did not know that they used bait bicycles until I watched a TV program on the subject. Unless the OP watches the bike 24 hours a day how would he know 100% for sure it was not placed there. If you enlarger the picture the tires do not look flat. That should be a clue that it may not be abandoned. Once again I said in my post that it probably was not a bait bike but there is such a thing as bait bikes.
    When I ride my destination is the ride itself. So I always get to where I am going.

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    If the tires aren't flat after two months, then that changes the story.
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