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Embarrassingly Bad Bike Thief

There certainly is a comic element to this video of a terrible bike thief, but I also felt a little confused watching it as the individual behind the camera could have easily yelled at the guy from the window and ran him off. Granted, the bike was already pieced, but part of the reason bike thieves continue to rip people off is because they remain anonymous when they get away with it. If the camera person called the dude out, maybe, just maybe, he might be more reluctant to try it somewhere else. The comment section on the Animal site that posted this video confirms my discomfort was shared.

Do you think you would have cared enough to verbally confront the dude or just filmed the absurdity for the LOLS?

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  1. MageSTYKMarch 1, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I would have Filmed, Yelled, and most definitely would have unloaded the full hopper on my paintball gun. That would have been the funniest thing!
    Killers, Rapist, Pedophiles, AND BIKE THIEVES all go hand in hand on my book.

  2. John Romeo AlphaMarch 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

    It looks to be from behind a window, which may not open. Or it may be the residence, or place of work, of the person behind the camera, so there may be some reluctance to piss off a desperate and high bike thief. This is where an breathtakingly loud PA speaker mounted outside would come in handy: YOU! YES, THE FAILED BIKE THIEF! YOU ARE ON CAMERA. POLICE HAVE BEEN CALLED. PLEASE WAIT UNTIL THEY ARRIVE.

  3. Andrew OaklandMarch 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I certainly would have yelled. I’m not a big guy, and I don’t fight. So I can’t say I would have gone down to the street and confronted him. Most thieves like this want to remain anonymous and avoid violence, and calling attention to their shit antics usually does the trick. I would’ve called the cops, too. Yes, they are useful in some situations.

  4. crm114March 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    This is why pellet guns were invented, I’m pretty sure.

  5. Lane KagayMarch 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I have no problem calling someone out, but reluctant to do it from the vulnerable window of my residence. You might stop the thief at the moment, but nothing could stop him from coming back to heave a brick through your window later in retaliation.

  6. bradMarch 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    People who want to shoot this guy, even with less-than-lethal things like a paintball or bb-gun, are exactly the type of people who should never ever have their finger near a trigger.

  7. MageSTYKMarch 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Why is that Gandhi? Cause I want to teach thieves a lesson? I’m sure you would hug and kiss em goodbye, but NOT ME! I know places he would have gotten shot for real for pulling a stunt like that. And those places never get bikes stolen for that same reason.

  8. TimMarch 1, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I would have raced downstairs with a hockey stick (I don’t own a baseball bat. I hate baseball!) Fuck him!

  9. bradMarch 2, 2012 at 3:51 am

    Because thinking that you are capable of being judge, jury and executioner is remarkably short sighted. It is why civilized society has a judicial system, and why we don’t live in the Hollywood wild west.

  10. StefanMarch 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    @Brad – you yourself in your first post stated these are less than lethal methods, and in your second post accuse the same people of being executioner. Uh, if they are using less than lethal methods, they certainly are not executioners.
    This thief is definitely not innocent, and a well placed paintball or pellet might actually make him think twice before doing it again. Since nothing was done, how soon till he is back at it again?

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