[Noisebridge-discuss] Extremely sketchy event w/ bikes just now

Casey Callendrello c1 at caseyc.net
Thu Apr 11 18:29:42 UTC 2013

I talked to him earlier, and he produced a key for a lock to unlock at
least one of the bikes. He said he liked "reclaiming abandoned bikes and
fixing them up." While I can't attest to how he got them, I believe the
bikes were "his".


On 4/11/13 8:41 AM, Sai wrote:
> I would strongly advise against "donating" any abandoned bikes. You do
> not own them; that would be considered theft until the time for
> reclaiming them runs out officially, which can be years. (I tried
> looking through CA law just now to figure out what period applies, and
> it's not clear.)
> Turn them over to the police instead. I think they give you the option
> of "I want to have it if it's unclaimed".
> While we're at it: register your bikes with the police, so that your
> bike does get turned in, they call you. ;-)
> jof: The bikes did not seem to be locked when he removed them. One
> person thought he saw the person unchain a bike (presumably using a
> key), but wasn't sure about it.
> Nick: We weren't sure enough that they *weren't* his to physically
> stop him from taking them. The only other legal option would have been
> to call the police immediately, delay him from taking the bikes, and
> have them sort out ownership. My guess is that he'd've been arrested
> for drug somethingorother had police been called. We had about 30
> seconds to decide what to do.
> - Sai
> On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:17 AM, Ben Kochie <superq at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I think I am going to start putting date stamp tags on bikes that look
>> abandoned after the Tuesday meetings. Bikes that have not moved will be
>> photographed and removed at the next meeting. They will be donated to the
>> bike kitchen.
>> On Apr 10, 2013 8:38 PM, "Sai" <i at s.ai> wrote:
>>> Someone who seemed to be significantly disturbed (tweaking?) was just
>>> hustled out of Noisebridge and asked not to return except at a
>>> meeting.
>>> He took with him several bikes that he claimed to have been working
>>> on. We're not sure whether they were in fact his, or whether he just
>>> stole them.
>>> Here's short video of him leaving: http://youtu.be/r1hGw_dL90Q (sorry
>>> I didn't get better footage).
>>> 1. If you can confirm who owns the bikes in the video, or who the
>>> person is, please speak up.
>>> 2. If you are storing your bike at Noisebridge, please lock it, and
>>> please label it prominently with your name.
>>> 3. Please don't store your bike at Noisebridge for long periods of
>>> time, or we will probably think it's abandoned property.
>>> When something like this happens, we have very little time to decide
>>> how to respond appropriately.
>>> It would be very helpful for us to have an easy way whom a bike
>>> belongs to, so that we know whether we're dealing with a thief (in
>>> which case I would call the police to make an arrest) vs someone who's
>>> just being a dick with the space (in which case I think it's
>>> appropriate to ask them to leave).
>>> Thanks,
>>> - Sai
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