Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez (en_ki) wrote,
Tuco Benedicto Pacífico Juan María Ramírez
en_ki

merle_ had a post that reminded me of this.

I parked my bike at the Davis Square subway station a week or two ago, hanging my helmet on the bars as usual. A woman waiting for the bus asked "aren't you afraid someone's going to steal your helmet?" and I explained that no, it was cheap enough to be easily replaceable ($30 new) and not worth stealing (resale value $0, since it was old and battered and Boston has a group that gives away free new helmets, no questions asked). I used fewer words than this, because I am a laconic motherfucker what is never verbose.

After a little back and forth, I said "if somebody needs my helmet that badly, they're welcome to it" and left to get on the train. She said "ooookay" in a voice that said

"(1) I think you are crazy; and
(2) I am going to steal your helmet as soon as you're gone, just to make a point".

When I came back 12 hours later,

the helmet was gone! OMG!
2(10.5%)
the helmet was still there! OMG!
17(89.5%)

What do you do with your helmet?

Don't wear one.
2(10.5%)
Don't bike.
5(26.3%)
Never park outside.
1(5.3%)
Carry it with me.
6(31.6%)
Lock it up.
3(15.8%)
Just leave it.
2(10.5%)


(NB: normal bicycle helmets. Motorcycle helmets and special nice gear you only wear sometimes are a different matter.)

Also, my lights are way more resell-able, and I leave those on, too. Thieves take note: they are coated in ball python venom.
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