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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 07:16 AM Thread Starter
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Ethical Question Posed...

Your walking down the street. You see a bike tipped. Gas leaking. What do you do?

Everytime I see a tipped bike I am compelled to upright it. With todays wind, I saw several. However, I never have as (1) didn't want owner to come out and think I did it (2) didn't want to cuase any more damage in case something went wrong in the process.

What would you do / think if you came out and saw someone uprighting *your* bike?
I'd grill them at first. But I'd imagine a non-bikers instinct would to run if they had knocked one over, whereas another biker would be more compelled to remedy the problem regrdless if they had caused it or not.

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 08:00 AM
 
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Key to question is gas leaking!

Gas leaking, I'd definitely pick it up. If not, the damage if any has been done letting it lie isn't going to cause additional damage and at least the dude would know where the new scratch/dent came from. I 'd leave it be in that case.
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Probably would leave it be, you never know how people are going to react nowadays.
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I'd pick it up and leave a note.
If I saw someone picking up my bike, I'd grill em. But if it doesnt look like they are lying then they arent lying...



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I wouldnt touch it. A lesson learned the hard way... if they catch you trying to help out, the cops always want to question you about the incident, and the owners want to pick a fight. I say fk em if their bike tips. People are too quick to cop an attitude without getting the facts. In this day and age, the only way to avoid problems is to develop an "everyone for themselves" mentality, as much as that sucks.
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In this day and age, the only way to avoid problems is to develop an "everyone for themselves" mentality, as much as that sucks.
That certainly doesn't hold true for everyone. I have met many understanding people in my life, and im just 1/5 or 1/4 of the way through. It is true, however, that there are a lot of pricks who'd love to pick a fight and point fingers. So I guess it all comes down to you taking a gamble. The owner could be a nice guy and greatly appreciate what you did, and you'd possibly make a new riding buddy. On the other hand, the owner could be prick and start a lot of shit. If it were me, i'd probably pick it up. If the owner would start shit, then fuck em . Deal with their shit, but never help em again.
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That certainly doesn't hold true for everyone. I have met many understanding people in my life, and im just 1/5 or 1/4 of the way through. It is true, however, that there are a lot of pricks who'd love to pick a fight and point fingers. So I guess it all comes down to you taking a gamble. The owner could be a nice guy and greatly appreciate what you did, and you'd possibly make a new riding buddy. On the other hand, the owner could be prick and start a lot of shit. If it were me, i'd probably pick it up. If the owner would start shit, then fuck em . Deal with their shit, but never help em again.
Exactly, whats the worst they can do? I'm sure once other realize that you ride as well, no one would think you knocked the bike over... Have some faith in the human race.



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Exactly, whats the worst they can do? I'm sure once other realize that you ride as well, no one would think you knocked the bike over... Have some faith in the human race.

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I'd pick it up. As lateott said, you could make a friend.

If, however, the owner started going off at me too much, I'd dropped the f*cking bike back on the ground and run.




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ya, but do you really want to deal with cops and the sh*t that would come from it if they were pricks?

if it was some sort of store (like a blockbuster or something) id go in and have a manager make an announcement. id wait to meet the guy and then explain to him that i was a rider and tell him that i had found his bike layed down. id offer to help in any way i could.

if it was a house or apartment, and i knew the guy or recognized the bike, id go knock and tell whoever answered the door what happened, and offer to help. if i didnt know the bike or where the guy lived, i doubt id do anything.

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