I found this story on SBN and thought I'd share. I thought getting your bike stolen while you were asleep was bad. (Thank God I don't live in the US.)
This guy owns a brand new CBR F4i and was dropping off his girlfriend on the north side (of Chicago). He and his GF were off the bike and had taken their helmets off. Three black males pull up in a Caddy asking for directions. The guy with the bike walks up to the car and as he does the guy in the back seat opens the door, gets out and shows him a silver 9mm pistol and asks for the keys to this guy's bike. The guy in the front seat of the Caddy gets out and jumps on the guy's bike and the black guys all take off.
The topper was the owner of the bike just bought it (paid cash) and didn't have insurance (apparently you are supposed to have insurance, but you only get into trouble if the cops pull you over and ask you for your insurance papers and you don't have any -- is that stupid or what?). Anyways, he'd apparently had the bike for a couple of weeks, but it was only the second time he'd been out riding it). So, the guy is out US$8,000.
The guy wasn't getting too much sympathy from the posts I read on his thread on SBN. Most of the posts totally flamed him for having no insurance and or being so stupid as to even think about talking to three black guys in (what is apparently) not the best part of town. I can't believe the guy didn't pay cash for most of the bike (e.g., $7,000), finance the balance of $1,000 and buy insurance right from the start. Expensive lesson for this guy to learn.
whats with "black" this and "black" that
the color of the thiefs is not even relevent
When your in the north side of Chicago it is.
Originally posted by karma whats with "black" this and "black" that
the color of the thiefs is not even relevent
I could have used the more PC term African American, but the guy who originally posted this used the word black, so I did too. If I if I offended anyone by doing so I apologize.
Sorry, but the reality is an element of "racial profiling" in this. If I'm (being a white guy) in a big American city, in an area that is probably not the best part of town and three young African American males approach me my inclination is to get the heck outta there, not go over and talk to them. My priority is my own personal safety and if I don't think it's a safe situation I'm leaving. (This is based more on whether I think they're potentially up to no good rather than their skin colour per se. If it was an older African American couple or a family, then I would behave differently. But three young males, sorry, I'm gone.) If they are offended by my doing so then that's too bad.
totally agree with u on that. especially here in vancouver, u can have an asian, e.indian caucasian whatever, if they look like trouble, bail.
unless ur keanu with a 5 mini HK's under ur trenchcoat
I am black Canadian!
Ok Ive been black for quite some time now...so Ive got quite a thick skin for this sort of thing.
Mabey dude who got jacked wasnt the best judge of character,
sounds like anyone could have jacked him.
I do feel as though that post makes the jacking worse some how because it was black guys.
Hell They probably would have jacked me!
They had a gun so I think that that would make anyone an easy target.
Fuck around late a night in some parts of Vancouver and take your pick as to what race you might get done by.
He should have insurance.
One other thing...
Dont ever call me an African or an American.
Back to the OG
That's some crazy shight. For what it's worth, my bro lives in Chicago, and it wasn't until I spent a little time there that I realized how cold Vancity is. From the "scary" subways with guys free-stying and breakdancing to their beats, to asking for directions in the heart of the city, the so called "black" Chicagoans are warmer than most losers of any variety you'll find in vancity. Hell I was even offered a quarter to call some "directions hotline" when a guy (we would condemn here as street entrenched) couldn't find the address I was looking for on a map. In fact, Vancouver isn't exactly a safe place either. You don't hear travel guides pointing us out as the drug capital of north america.. organized crime, uh yea. In the shoes of the guy who got jacked, I might have offered directions as well, maybe not, but it depends on the social and environmental context. For the social side of it though, the mighty "Melting Pot" does breed social cohesiveness, and in my experience Chicago is a friendly city where people are much more prepared to help strangers without regard for race.
What is crazy though is not seeing a "single" rider wearing a helmet. Now that is a safety concern.