Back in my Venice Beach days I remember all too well the heartbreaking feeling of losing a bike(s) to thieves. Cue the Travolta dialogue from Pulp Fiction after he gets his car keyed by some punk: “I’d have given anything to catch that asshole doing it. It’d been worth him doing it just so I could’ve caught him doing it.”
Or just imagine the devastation Pee Wee Herman felt after his beautiful bike got stolen.
Fast forward to today, a 44-year-old London mom named Sharron Jenson recently found herself in that troubling bikeless position. Thankfully, however, the bike thief posted the very same bike she had just lost online to be sold to the highest bidder. And thankfully, Sharon Jenson wasn’t going down without a fight–or at least her bike. Jenson decided to reach out to the thief as a potential buyer, and schedule a quick ‘test drive’ before purchasing.
Sharon admits now that going to meet the bike thief on her own was more than a little unnerving. “We met elsewhere and walked to the house. He asked me multiple times to go into the house but I said no,” she added. “It was really frightening. I thought, ‘What am I doing?’ I know he’s only a bike thief, but here I was confronting him. I was really nervous.”
As expected, she identified that the bike was, in fact, hers and asked if she could ride it around the block.
Jenson was even clever enough to leave the criminal with an empty handbag she had brought along solely as a decoy. “I was thinking, ‘This is so dangerous,’ but I knew it was my only chance. I cycled away and got to the corner and thought, ‘It’s now or never.’”
And pedal like the devil, she did…
As the reality that his prized stolen back was being stolen, or rather ‘taken’ back, the thief texted her, demanding to bring ‘his’ bike back. Sharron simply laughed, hung up and rode on into the sunset a conquering hero with her bike in tow.
Ride on, Sharron. Ride on.
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