Bike not permitted in hostel : bike knicked overnight outside

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Bike not permitted in hostel : bike knicked overnight outside

Postby mercalia » 24 Apr 2019, 3:49pm

"I was staying at a hostel on Borough High Street. Usually I would have the bike inside with me but when I arrived they said I wasn't allowed."

Josh was staying for two nights. His bike was locked to a rack outside the hostel - but by the second day it had been stolen.


I feel sorry for the guy but what a plonker - he should have gone to another hostel?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-48035577
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Re: What a plonker?

Postby pwa » 24 Apr 2019, 4:01pm

Poor bloke. I hope this publicity gets him a replacement bike. I'd never stay somewhere with inadequate bike storage arrangements, but I feel sorry for him.

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby Spinners » 24 Apr 2019, 4:06pm

Let's hope he gets sorted. If it was in my town I'd sort him out with bike (n+1 arrived today :oops: ).

As a bloke whose bravely admitted to suffering from depression I really don't think that calling him a plonker is very helpful. There's much to admire there.
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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PH » 24 Apr 2019, 4:16pm

I think it's the same guy got a penalty for cycling in the pedestrian area of Bedford. Doesn't seem to be having much luck.

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby gbnz » 24 Apr 2019, 4:19pm

Spinners wrote: I really don't think that calling him a plonker is very helpful..


+ 1. Perhaps an edit to the thread title may be in order? Have to say I can't ever remember locking my bike outside a hotel/hostel (NB. Not least because my stays' in such are very limited), but the bottom line is that some so and so has stolen his bike

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby Pastychomper » 24 Apr 2019, 4:31pm

The article says he's been held up by fear before, on previous attempts. Depression can do that to some people, and on many levels. Maybe at that point he didn't have the mental energy to go looking for somewhere else that was (a) open and (b) more bike-friendly, especially if he'd already paid before they told him that rule. I agree that would have been a better thing to do, but only after reading this thread. I've parked my own bike a few places in Bristol, though not overnight, and got away with it.
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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 24 Apr 2019, 4:57pm

The other side of the coin is just what a sad place much of England (UK?) has become.
Lock up everything. Pay for everything.
No smiles from strangers.

It takes away so much quality of life.

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby Ivor Tingting » 24 Apr 2019, 5:51pm

I don't think this guy is a plonker, I don't even know him. I suspect neither does the OP. Given his bicycle was stolen I think he deserves sympathy not ridicule.
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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PH » 24 Apr 2019, 6:15pm

PDQ Mobile wrote:The other side of the coin is just what a sad place much of England (UK?) has become.
Lock up everything. Pay for everything.
No smiles from strangers.

It takes away so much quality of life.

Why would you think this has anything specifically to do with England? Do you think bikes don't get stolen anywhere else?
If you think it's anything English, or new, go watch Bicycle Thieves an Italian film from the 40's.

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 24 Apr 2019, 6:19pm

PH wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:The other side of the coin is just what a sad place much of England (UK?) has become.
Lock up everything. Pay for everything.
No smiles from strangers.

It takes away so much quality of life.

Why would you think this has anything specifically to do with England? Do you think bikes don't get stolen anywhere else?
If you think it's anything English, or new, go watch Bicycle Thieves an Italian film from the 40's.


I didn't say that.
Yet there are places where one can be a bit more trusting.
I know them well and they make a quality of life that's hard to buy.
I am not sure if Italy is everywhere so bad as London but any evidence is anecdotal- I still have a bike!

From what I read (mostly on here) many English cities are a pain if you have a decent bike.

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PH » 24 Apr 2019, 6:25pm

PDQ Mobile wrote:From what I read (mostly on here) many English cities are a pain if you have a decent bike.

I still don't get what you're saying, isn't the above sentence just as true with the word English removed? If there's some evidence that England is any worse than any other western country for bike theft, lets hear it, otherwise what are you saying?
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Re: What a plonker?

Postby charliepolecat » 24 Apr 2019, 6:27pm

I feel sorry for the guy but what a plonker


Perhaps it would always be better if before we write any negative comments on forums such as this we ask ourselves: "Is this something I'd want to say to his face". It is so much more helpful to offer an open hand than a backhand.

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 24 Apr 2019, 6:40pm

PH wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:From what I read (mostly on here) many English cities are a pain if you have a decent bike.

I still don't get what you're saying, isn't the above sentence is just as true with the word English removed? If there's some evidence that England is any worse than any other western country for bike theft, lets hear it, otherwise what are you saying?


I said anecdotal.
London seems intolerably bad in places.
There is no question that some Western countries are less bad.IMV.
Places that still hold a bit of personal honesty dear.

You google it and let us all know, I haven't time.
I have a non stolen bike to ride in the sun.

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PH » 24 Apr 2019, 6:58pm

PDQ Mobile wrote:
PH wrote:
PDQ Mobile wrote:From what I read (mostly on here) many English cities are a pain if you have a decent bike.

I still don't get what you're saying, isn't the above sentence is just as true with the word English removed? If there's some evidence that England is any worse than any other western country for bike theft, lets hear it, otherwise what are you saying?


I said anecdotal.
London seems intolerably bad in places.
There is no question that some Western countries are less bad.IMV.
Places that still hold a bit of personal honesty dear.

You google it and let us all know, I haven't time.
I have a non stolen bike to ride in the sun.

Nothing anecdotal about this
The other side of the coin is just what a sad place much of England (UK?) has become.

It's just the typical unsubstantiated anti English sentiment that we'd be better off without.
Your are the one making claims that don't stack up - you google it :roll:
Even though it's raining here :?

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Re: What a plonker?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 24 Apr 2019, 7:07pm

Ah but it does stack up.
There are more honest places in Europe than England. Sadly.
Where honestly and trustfulness make life a higher quality.
I know this for sure and I don't care what anyone says or thinks.

It was not always so.
England dear England what have they done to you? :(

You may accept it as a fact of life, many people do.

Why don't you start a thread/poll:
"Have you had a bike stolen and where?" Or similar.