After going grocery shopping I no longer have a bicycle

Right after I posted today’s post I went to the grocery store to pick up the week’s supplies and when I got back out to load Blue he was missing from where I parked him. I should mention that I have been shopping by bike at that store and in spite of repeated requests they have never installed any place where a person could secure a bicycle. I was allowed to park by the propane tank exchange rack which was where I was parked today, even though there is nothing there to lock up to.

Fortunately I memorized my serial number so if they find Blue I can at least hope for a return of my bike. Too often when a bike is recovered LEO don’t have a serial number to match it to. And unfortunately even when they do have a number it seldom gets checked to see if it was reported stolen.

One thing I’m going to do is demand a secure place to park my next bike in the future at that store that I have been shopping at for as long as it has been there. When we moved to the Beautiful Suburbs of Hell back in 1994 that was an empty lot except for some cows grazing. Now there is a gas station with lots of other development besides the grocery store. My son used to work there before he got promoted and sent to another store. They know me by name there. I WILL get a secure and monitored place to park my bike before I bring my next bike there.

PSA, Opus

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4 responses to “After going grocery shopping I no longer have a bicycle

  1. That really sucks! I’m so sorry to hear that and I hope that your bicycle is recovered and the culprit (s) responsible develop an irritating rash that itches profusely with no relief.

    • Opus the Poet

      Well the curse I placed on Blue was that anyone that stole him would get a genital rash that would not get better unless either the bike was returned or the affected area removed. I’m not sure how good I am on that kind of curse since I’m never around to check the outcome. The trigger explicitly removes me from being able to see the outcome.

  2. At the IGA, I lock to the shopping cart return rack – it is more secure than locking to a handicap parking sign pole.

    • Opus the Poet

      Unfortunately the cart return corrals at the Tom Thumb I shop at are concrete curbs in the parking lot with nothing to lock to. The area I had been parking had cover to keep the bike dry and out of the sun and as I posted I had been using it for years, starting back before I was riding Gigi. The bike I started parking there was the Stratus that blew up back in 2007, so that gives you an idea of how long I have been shopping at that store.

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