Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"Don't steal bikes, bro."

What happens when a New York City cyclist catches a guy trying to steal his bike? Videotaped violence, that's what.

JoeMyGod posted it, and a 100 or so comments debated the merits of vigilante justice. Like NYC cops would do anything about a bike thief?

Said one participant: "The guy wasn't bleeding or banged up. Just enough to send a message. DON'T STEAL BIKES. Cops won't do anything and this guy will think twice about stealing bikes."

I traced the source, who sourced a previous source (amazing the circuitous route blog posts take) to a guy on Ning's Urban Rider group (so I joined). And you can watch this violent video of a bike thief getting his RIGHT HERE.

Or here!

Bike Thief vs Street Justis from triple on Vimeo.

Amazing that this little moment of reality gets censored by the corproate thugs at YouTube, while hideous fetishistic movie violence like the "Saw" horror flicks is advertised.

Anyway, from a previous rider/cyclist/source:

"He does make a valid point there. Below, posted in its entirety, is the bike owner's friend's explanation of how the bike thief was caught, assaulted, and videotaped. UPDATE: And, via Animal, check out the tools the bike thief was trying to use!"

Here's the story. I was having brunch on first ave and first street with a a couple of friends including Alfred .It was a pretty sunny day and a good there was a good amount of pedestrian traffic .Nothing unusual. Alfred went out to make a call and spotted someone looking over his bike. Nothing unusual ,he got a hot ass cannondale with hot ass wheels.the guy was average looking,had a helmet and a bag.looked like your average joe casual biker.Suddenly this dude gets on his knees and pulls out a drill.At first Alfred thought he wanted to steal his wheels,until he saw the drill.Is this what it has come out to?!people stealing bike with drills?Anyways as he was getting ready to drill the ulock,Alfred comes in the restaurant and yells,!yooooo someones trying to steal my bike,lets go get him.and let me tell you this ass hole tried stealing the wrong bike.first it was a bike messengers bike and second it was Alfred's bike and the motherFkr got a temper we roll out to this dude and start pounding first instinct was to get my U lock and bang on him,but my bike was already locked up so , we bumbrushed this dude and started pounding him.Everybody is watching and wondering why this dude is being plumeted ,but at that point we don't give a fuck.we had to make sure this asshole dosen't do it personal i have had 2 bikes stolen,in like a month apart.fuck that shit.he did't even look like a bike thief!so while pounding him i reach out to put my phone in my pocket and realized i had a camera on my wait.i pulled it out and captured the second half of the beating!

So there. Don't steal bikes, bro.

Comments on Prolly is not Probably:

I agree with most of what people are saying about this: The dude deserved it, it could have been much worse, and the cops wouldn't do shit to the thief had they been called. I really hope that with this video blowing up like this that those same cops don't go after these dudes for giving the thief a little pumpkinhead. Seems almost like it's inevitable that it will, though.
Posted by LoRoK | September 8, 2009 6:47 PM

I know some people may disagree with the use of violence. but it seems like a proper use of fists. the guy had a DRILL. this guy was serious about stealing bicycles. he was not some joe who was trying to steal a bicycle once...he was prepared. gosh darn bicycle thieves.
Posted by sau | September 8, 2009 6:54 PM

That has made my freaking day.
Posted by DoubleOhTwo | September 8, 2009 8:14 PM

i can't believe there are people actually feeling sorry for that guy... piece of shit was an experienced thief, so he got off pretty easy with a few knocks.
Posted by jerm | September 8, 2009 8:23 PM

Don't Steal Bikes Bro
Posted by prolly | September 8, 2009 8:40 PM


the greasybear said...

Messengers cannot put food on the table if they lose their bikes to thieves. Imagine if someone tried to steal not only your property, not only your transportation, but also your ability to earn a living? And you caught the douchebag red-handed?

Douchebag got what he deserved.

Marty said...

I witnessed a guy vandalizing public property in my neighborhood and I wanted to go up and beat the fuck out of him because we have a graffiti problem in the area and it's fucking annoying. But I held back cuz I figured I'd get in much more trouble than the vandal ever would, especially knowing how shitty SF cops are.