I know you never do this, but a lady left a bag with personal items in a Dublin Bike basket on Charlemont Place (outside the Hilton). I tried to find her (along with another Dublin Bike user, many thanks to him) but to no avail. I think she may have got on the Luas at the Charelemont Stop, but I am not sure. Could you please help reunite the bag with the owner?
I know you don’t normally do this… but the young lad’s navy maxi-micro scooter was left in the back of a grey Toyota Avensis taxi between Ranelagh rank [Dublin 6] and Ballyogen [Dublin 18] last Thursday [August 20] around 5.30pm. He loves his scooter and he’ll need it starting back to school next week.
The driver was “from the country” and had some devotional pictures on the dashboard. It would be great if any of your readers knew this driver or where the scooter was…
I know you don’t usually do this but I found a wallet today and would like its owner to get it back. Found in the basket of a Dublin Bike on Clonmel St [Dublin 2]. It has a star wars theme and no discernible ID other than the below Etihad card. I’ve dropped it into Donnybrook Garda Station [Dublin 4]…
I know you don’t normally do this, but my colleague Jackie’s kitten is missing and if you could post about it we’d be really grateful. He’s very special to her and she’s very worried about him. He’s a male tabby with black, grey stripe and tan fur. He’s under a year old so is small, and is microchipped and neutered. He’s been missing since around the July 17 from Cherryfield, Hartstown [Dublin 15]. If anyone finds him, please contact below. Thank you so much.
I gather you don’t normally do this but my friend left his wallet in a [Dublin] taxi last night, cash paid, thumbed from the street, so very little traceable info unfortunately… But if anyone finds a wallet containing the ID for Alexandru Iacob please please contact us [below]. Thank you.
UPDATE: wallet handed in to staff at the Mercantile. Thanks all.
“I know you wouldn’t even DREAM of doing this normally, but my bike (above) got robbed by ‘youths’ in [Dublin] town on Friday night, and it’s making me sad. I would appreciate it terribly if everyone kept an eye out for it. These bikes have a habit of popping back up around Dublin. At the time of whippage, the right handle bar was bent inwards. It also has a very distinct glow from being loved so much.”
Classically trained guitarist Eamon Sweeney playing a baroque guitar (top) and the pinched lute (above), among the instruments stolen from his home.
The axeman came.
And took all he/she could find.
Eamon Sweeney writes:
Could you keep an eye out from me – my home in Wicklow was burgled in the last few days and seven instruments stolen. Some are unusual, historical guitars and very rare in Ireland. The instruments are: 1. Baroque Guitar – by Ivo Magherini: a high quality copy of a 17th century instrument, (above). Strung with 5 sets of double strings, except the 1st string left as a single-string. Very beautiful ‘pagoda’ rose decoration in the soundhole. 2. Baroque Guitar – by Los Utreras ‘Wendy y Tacho': similar to the above but looking a bit more like a natural wood regular guitar. Strung with 5 sets of double string, except the 1st string left as a single-string. No soundhole decoration 3. Classical Guitar – by Joaquin Garcia: high quality, hand-made, spruce top concert guitar. Unusually it has an end-pin ‘strap button’ recently fitted. 4. Classical Guitar – by Alvaro: Standard electro-acoustic nylon-string guitar. 5. 7-course Renaissance Lute – by Harry McCormack: a copy of a ‘Robin Hood’ type of 16th century instrument. Strung with 7 sets of double strings, except the 1st string left as a single-string. Similar instrument picture below. 6. Electric Guitar: Aria Pro II natural wood finish: double cutaway – 2 humbuckers. 7. Electric Guitar: Black Stratocaster copy with white pickguard & humbucker in bridge position….
FIVE ‘top notch’ Gold Star rating MasterLocks were up for grabs to the five sorriest tenderest bike pinching anecdotes.
The Bike Institute, Dublin’s premier thief-loathing bike shop, supplied the locks and the judges.
So what tales left them howling with empathy, their very souls punctured?
The five lock winners.
Art Vandelay: “My poor wife is single handedly keeping the bike thieves in Dublin in business I’m afraid. She is on the worst run of luck Ive ever heard of. She’s had THREE bikes stolen in the last month. The first was a very good second hand LaPierre road bike that was stolen due to her being a numpty and locking it terribly one day in town, whereby I then lectured her for days afterwards about how to lock a bike (this smugness came back to bite me on the bottom). No less than 2 days later her absolute pride and joy, a ludicrously expensive (sure what else it the cycle to work scheme for?!) LaPierre mountain bike that she bought 2 years ago was stolen from our underground car park. It was locked but still not that well and what with it being in a “secure” car park she had planned on waiting until the weekend to lock it with a better lock. We had recently moved from a house into this apartment complex which is why the lock was so crap because we used to always have it inside the house but the complex has a strict no bikes inside the building rule.
She swore off bikes forever, but after about 3 weeks of me nagging her to get back on the horse and convincing her to get one of her mates who wouldn’t use the CTW scheme to get a another decent bike and off we went to cycle superstore and got her the cheapest (and still decent) womens bike that the shop had. As adverse to locks as she is, she bought the dearest one they had in the shop, 120 quid and brought the bike home.
My wife then proceeded to spray paint the bike matt black so that it had no recognisable features at all. That added to my “lessons” on how to lock a bike, we were sure this one was going to be around for the long haul. Not so. One flaming week and it was taken from the underground car park. Angle grinded off (Cue me having to explain that my locking technique only made it harder to steal, not impossible, as apparently my smug tone lead her to believe it was going to be).
I have no idea what they will do with that bike as it has no markings. The worst part about that last bike is that our elderly neighbour interrupted the two dudes that were stealing the last bike and they threatened to cut his throat if he didnt feck off. He rang the Garda and they arrived. 4 hours later.” So thats that. 1 month, 3 bikes and a lady who swears she wont ever use a bike again. (I plan to get her one for her birthday on the QT so hopefully she doesnt read this).”
Ronan:“Used to commute on old road bikes I bought cheap as I REALLY didn’t want to get one stolen. After doing this for 5+ years I finally got sick of it and wanted a new decent bike as I really enjoy cycling. Saved the pennies and picked out a nice Cannondale, supplemented by the bike to work scheme. Loved the bike, but was terrified of having it stolen. I have always had two decent locks, U-lock and cable lock, even so, I just didn’t want to let it out of my sight (can you guess where this is going?) anyway, with bikes not allowed in our office, I used to arrive to work early, bring it in, hide it in fire escapes, utility closets, anywhere but outside, getting periodically reprimanded along the way. After several months, and on my last warning, if I finally had to bite the bullet and lock it up outside. Left it there in the morning, checking out the window every 15/20 minutes that it was still there, sometime around 3.15pm some f–king toe-rag got it, first day I locked it up. Heart-breaking and still paying for bike I don’t have.”
Edelicious: “Years and years ago, while I was still in college, I came back to my bike after classes to find that some toe-rag had gone and nicked the front wheel off my bike. While I was standing there bemoaning the fact that I was going to have to awkwardly walk my one-wheeled bike home, another student walked up to the bike rack to find that everything BUT his (quick release) front wheel had been stolen! Obviously the thief had seen that yer man’s bike was only locked through the front wheel and so had quickly unbolted my (non-quick release) front wheel and made off with the other lad’s bike and my wheel. I tried to convince the other lad to give me his wheel, since he wouldn’t be needing it anymore, but he was having none of it and stormed off with wheel in hand.”
Ally M: “(insert setting the scene here) I got my bike robbed whilst cycling it. The little thieves were lying in wait as I rounded a corner in Stoneybatter. Rang the Guards from Centra (took my phone as well), got picked up from there and went bike thieve chasing – without success.This isn’t a failed locking story but I got locked after though, miss that bike.”
Rowland: “My wife and I bought two bikes on the bike to work scheme and we were only a couple of weeks into paying for them. We were out for the day and locked them both, using the one lock, to a pole outside a swimming pool we were visiting. We came out 20 minutes later and found that the lock was broken and my bike was gone but my wife’s luminous pink bike remained. They had to lift her bike out of the way to get to mine. It’s a rare thief that can steal your bike and insult your wife’s taste in bikes all at the same time!”
Sally O’ Brien (yes) at The Bike institute [Lower Dorset Street] writes:
I’m not sure you normally do this but…we love your ‘we don’t normally do this’ section however it fills our eyes with tears seeing people getting their brand new bikes robbed all the time in Dublin.
In an effort to really show how important locking your bike is with a ‘proper’ lock and how it can save your bike from creepy crawlies, we made a short video on bike security (above). To celebrate, we have FIVE top notch Gold Star rating MasterLocks (these are really good locks) to give away to BS readers. (Five of the worst stories of bike thievery in the comments section chosen by BS wins a lock)….
In an unbelievable turn of events, somebody found my laptop in Ranelagh (having travelled from Pembroke Gardens on the rooftop), dropped it in to the nearest shop, of which the owner then dropped it in to Donnybrook Garda station on his way home from work. Somehow, it’s still in perfect working order with a small dent on one corner. Counting my lucky stars and the generosity and kindness of my fellow Dubliners, and of course the stellar work from the Gardaí in Donnybrook! I will be making a donation to charity as I am one lucky huare. Thanks Broadsheet for spreading the word.