HawaiiEd gave me an old Gary fisher mountain bike. It had flat tires and rusty drivetrain. I filled the tires, greased everything and the bike runs pretty well.
I'm thinking it'd be great to have it at my workplace. I walk a few bloocks for lunch. I also walk several blocks to night school, so I could make good use of it.
So I put it in my van and the wife drives me to work. While securing the bike I realize I left the key to the bike chain in the van and my wife drove away.
No biggie. I'llsqueeze the bike between the bikerack and the wall, block it in with a cinder block. Then I'll run the chain thru the wheel and rack. From a distance no one would notice it's unlocked.
Two hours later my wife drops the key off on the first floor parking area. I catch the elevator to the fourth floor where my bike is at, so I can lock my bike....
and I catch the building maintenance man riding my bike!!!
"Bra, you wanna put my bike back on the rack?" I asked in a serious ominous tone.
"But the bike wasn't locked up." was his main defense he and his partner kept insisting.
So he rolls my bike between the rack and the wall and places the cinder block next to the crankset.
I asked him what he was thinking. He mentioned again that the bike was unlocked. It's not like the bike was sitting there abandoned for months. I just brought it there two hours ago. I told him not in my wildest dream would I do such a thing.
His friend utters the same lame excuse.
It's not like this guy's a young naive guy. Both men were in their 50's.
I was upset. If I'd reported the incident both men would probably get fired for such a stupid mistake.
Two family men losing their job over poor judgment over a bike not worth $40.
If they were messing with "The Dragon Lady", my regular commuter bike I would've pressed charges and have them fired.
It's not over yet. I'm looking for an apology. They never said they were sorry.
What would you have done?