Via Lisa Ferguson. This happened about an hour from where I lived in one of the biggest cycling hubs in Canada.
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Today, my bike was stolen.
Or at least I thought it was stolen. After a 90-minute client meeting at Yonge/Bloor, my bike had disappeared from this pole outside the Hudson’s Bay Centre. I walked up and down the sidewalk for several minutes, not accepting that this was really happening. I was about to head home and have a good bawl — I can’t afford a new bike — when I noticed a security camera on the RBC that would have captured the bike thief. So I approached a security guard standing outside the Centre and explained my situation. “Yeah, I cut some bikes in the last hour and a half,” he said. “That’s private property,” he said, and told me that the building owner — Brookfield Office Properties — orders their security staff to remove bikes from the pole. Since when is the SIDEWALK private property? I told him he needed to give me my bike back right now or I’d call the police to report a bike theft. While waiting in the lobby for my bike, the security guard on duty there commiserated with me, saying, “Yeah, we get several angry cyclists in here a day.” And those are just the ones who figured out what really happened! I wonder how many people have just assumed their bike was stolen by some run-of-the-mill bike thief and gone home and cried like I was about to? I mean, who would guess that a company worth $18.7 billion steals bikes from low-income people? What does this $18.7 billion company do with all the bikes they steal — do they actually sell them? Sickening.
I was treated like dirt by their RSSI Security staff (including the rude, condescending, sarcastic jerk pictured here). In fact, one of them threatened to cuff me when I stood in front of two more bikes they were about to cut off the pole. “This is public property, and what am I doing that’s illegal?” I kept asking her.
I want my $134 (+ tax) lock paid for. They will rue the day otherwise. Any ideas are appreciated on how I can kick up a good, public stink if I don’t get reimbursed for my lock. My social media campaign starts tomorrow
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