So today I rode up to the bike rack at work, just like pretty much every day, when I notice a brand new "Republic Bike" (or similar brand) locked up with a thin cable lock at the rack. "Oh, I say to myself, this must be my coworker's new bike he's been talking about. Man, I sure need to let him know to get a proper U-lock."
I work at a retail shop and I was going about my day, when I just happen to be near the window and see a man in a hoody unlocking my coworker's bike. I yell my coworker's name and run out of the store as fast as I can. I almost grab the thief as he's turning a corner but I slip and fall. I get back up and for a second think about how I'm never going to get the bike back, but my passion for bikes overcomes and I start sprinting after the dude. He's riding in traffic so I'm running in traffic yelling as loud as I can "STOP HIM!" As I'm running a car does a u-turn and yells get in and I jump in and we drive after the thief. The driver saved the day because he ran a red light to catch this dude. The thief starts riding on the sidewalk at this point and we yell to him, "Just give up the bike and nothing will happen." He drops the bike and starts running and I run out and pick up the bike.
The whole day goes by and all I can think about is what I should have done differently. Should I have chased him and called the cops until they showed up? I know some people would have probably chased after him until they could have broken his nose, but I was just happy to get the bike back. It would have been nice to know that a bike thief was in jail, but do I really want to be the one to have put him there? Most bike thieves are just opportunists in my opinion, and this poor ******* just saw a cheap cable lock and went for it. I've been working at that shop for 2.5 years, and have had bikes worth over $1k locked to that rack. It's amazing that it only took one day for a cheap cable lock to be noticed and stolen.
Thanks for reading and I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have them.