As if yesterday wasn't enough, someone stole Simon's bike. Right out of the bike rack at school. Un-freaking believeable. The bike? Brand new. He got it Wednesday. It's the first bike that didn't come from Walmart or Kmart - it wasn't a specialty bike shop bike either, a Toyota rather than a Hyundai or a Cadillac, but it was the best bike he's ever had, and the check hasn't even cleared the bank.
Damn it damn it damn it.
I'll call the insurance today to see if our deductible applies to theft (our police chief said he thought it might not) and we'll slap up some posters. This is a small town - the dim bunny that took it will probably ride it back to school today. If I see him, I've already confessed to the chief my instinct will be to punch him and steal the bike back. He thought that sounded perfectly reasonable, but asked that I make sure and call him afterwards.
In the meantime, though, it's the weekend, and Simon's a pedestrian again. Damn it, damn it damn it.
We found the bike. It's been spray painted black, but the stupid kid forgot to spray paint over the serial number.
This is a small town, and everyone knows everyone's business. You can't do anything here without either doing it to someone you know, or having someone who knows both of you see it happen. Good for me, bad for stupid bike thief. His mother is mortified (of course!) since I see her all the time (she works across the road) and she sat next to me at just about every basketball game last year - her youngest son was on Simon's basketball team! The cop who I sent over to retrieve the bike is going to pick up stupid son and his idiot friend at school this afternoon and tell them how lucky they are I decided not to press charges (between you me and the fence, nothing would have stuck anyway - the kids are 15.) Mom, cop and I talked about it, and since the brand new bike is trashed, Dumb and Dumber are paying for a new bike. I'll see if I can clean up the "old" one and will donate it to a good kid at the shelter or something. Making them pay is more than the courts would have done.