Miracle on 16th Street

Although the Mission seems to be rife with stolen bike news, sometimes the neighborhood’s cycle thieves aren’t always on their A game, as MM’s own Erika found out last night:

Locked bike, went to dinner. Left keys IN THE BIKE LOCK. 2 hours later, bike not stolen. Miracle on 16th Street.

Maybe they thought it was a sting operation?  Although I’ve never done this exactly, one time back when I had a car in the city I left it parked on the Panhandle for a whole week (when you find a parking spot, you DO NOT move it until street sweeping forces you to) with the passenger window wide open.  Miraculously, nothing was disturbed, save for a few twigs and leaves on the seat.

[Photo by unaesthetic]

12 Responses to “Miracle on 16th Street”

  1. plumpy says:

    There’s a car that parks in Nob Hill (I saw it many times when I lived there) with signs that say something like “please don’t smash our windows. the doors are unlocked, but there is nothing worth taking”. Maybe people did go through your car, but didn’t find anything they wanted.

    • yeah says:

      “Please don’t cum on the inside of our car” will be the next note left by the people who leave their car doors open.

  2. GG says:

    At least 4 or 5 times I have left my keys in my front door overnight and have not been raped or murdered, but I live in Glen Park so I’m not sure if that qualifies as a miracle.

  3. Mad says:

    The tard who uses this lock works in the yoga studio behind where that photo was taken… I was curious about his handcuff lock and went to take a look, it wasn’t even closed properly. Went in the studio to tell the guy to lock it up. Seriously, he’s just asking for it.

  4. Erika Kali says:

    I always thought my bike was pretty enough to steal. Guess it just doesn’t have what the thieves are looking for. WIN.

  5. Adam says:

    Over the weekend I ran into a convenience store on Valencia and came out to discover that I hadn’t actually put my U-lock around the bike rack. I must have really been desperate for that tall boy…

  6. MrEricSir says:

    One time I accidentally left my wallet on the ground in the Inner Sunset, and when I came back 10 minutes later it was still there.

    That would never happen in the Mission.

    • Brillo says:

      I accidentally left my wallet at the register once at Duc Loi and when I went back the next morning they had kept it for me… only gave it back after I showed them my ID in it. I was equally surprised and relieved.

  7. Tony T. says:

    [one time back when I had a car in the city I left it parked on the Panhandle for a whole week (when you find a parking spot, you DO NOT move it until street sweeping forces you to)]

    SF law sez you can’t be parked in any one place for more than 72 hours, or else they will tow your ass. You’re lucky it didn’t happen to you, in my neighborhood (Bernal) people will call your shit in to DPT if you overstay the limit, and man does that tow truck show up ever quick.

  8. On the other hand, twice within the last 6 years (most recently, last July), I have lost my glasses on the street (I have prescription sunglasses, too). On both occasions, I raced back to the scene of the disaster within minutes, only to find nothing. What’s up with the glasses, people? There’s no way in hell the prescription would match yours! (It’s the $200 frames.)

  9. djb says:

    I once left my wallet in full view on the dash of my car for a few hours on Bryant and 17th, with the passenger door unlocked. Might have been the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but noone nicked my wallet.

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