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Just because its in the yard doesn't mean you can take it!

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We're in the process of moving. We can't move into the house yet until we get some legal paperwork through, but no ones living in it right now so the owner said we could start moving our stuff in. We've been slowly bringing stuff over bit by bit and this afternoon my husband and six year old son took a load over, including our bikes. They left the bikes on the lawn in front of the house while they brought stuff inside. They came outside a little while later and my sons bike was gone. My husband looks down the road and sees a guy and his son wheeling my sons bike down the street. He knew it was my sons because he has a baseball card on the wheel and his name, Abel, painted on the side.

My husband ran after them and this is the conversation they had-

Robin (Husband)- Excuse me, I think thats my stepsons bike.

Guy- No, someone was giving it away.

R- Who gave it to you?

G- It was in that yard over there with some other bikes and boxes, someone left it out for people to take.

R- Sorry but thats my house and no we didn't leave it out for people to take, we just left it there while we were unpacking. Theres no "free for taking" sign.

The guy then shoves the bike at him and says- well you shouldn't just leave stuff in your yard if you want it, thats like the international sign for give aways.

And then they walked away. Um, what the heck? Just because someone is on a front lawn doesn't mean the person is giving it away! Where do people get these ideas? After they walked away my husband saw him get in a car with Ohio plates (we live in upstate NY) that was full of suitcases, so they didn't even live around here, just passing through on vacation. Judging by the little league glass paint on the car windows they were probably going or coming from Cooperstown.

by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM
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by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM


Even if the man made a mistake and thought it was free he shouldn't have been so RUDE about it! He could have just said "Oh, my mistake" and gave the bike back instead of shoving it back!

I'm glad your DH was able to get the bike back. I'm sorry to hear you apparently will be living next to rude neighbors.

by RoseTyler on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM

That's nuts!

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by Kandy on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM
Was it by the road?
by Platinum Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM
That's crazy! People are nuts!!
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

 If it's too close to the curb, it could cause confusion. I do understand though.

by Emerald Member on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

Quoting gypsy_rose:

Was it by the road?

No, it was on the lawn.
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM
Glad you got it back! That would not be a good thing for Your DS to loose his bike when you were moving in!

What a proper jerk that guy must be.
by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:08 PM

People these days...

by on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Should've followed the idiots home so you could snatch anything in the yard left there just to teach the kid a lesson. Dad's a DUMBNUT and you can't just take. I would :)

by Jessica on Jul. 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

Quoting Water_geM:

then all lawn decor is for give aways?

unless its obviously by the trash cans or theres a sign its not for giveaways..

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