Filmmaker Casey Neistat did an experiment. He’d look suspicious and steal a bike, over and over again, in increasingly desperate attempts to get noticed, challenged and apprehended. The New York Times ran his story this week.
Mevrouw T and I have run the experiment in Amsterdam too.
When I lost my bike keys, my wife asked the local hardware man to come and cut the lock with his angle grinder. It took him less than two minutes. He didn’t question the ownership of the bike – Mevrouw T looks a model of honesty and people, including me, generally follow her instructions to the letter. She’d make an excellent bike thief.
To see the entertaining video of how Mr Neistat fared in New York…Click here.
Thanks to Mevrouw T and the Dutch media for bringing it to my attention.
Would you challenge a bike thief? Would the response of bystanders and police be the same anywhere in the world?