This is a giant sandwich board I stumbled across on today’s walk to Great World City. It alerts those nearby that a BIKE WAS STOLEN IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD!!!!!
For comparison, if my bike were stolen in Boston (or even in the super rural town my mom lives in) the policeman taking your report in person wouldn’t bother to make eye contact, it’s such a minor deal. There would be no public notice, no warnings, and certainly no giant sandwich boards. The last time I was alerted about something in my neighborhood that I can recall was when a few girls were harassed late at night (or maybe someone was raped?) near my college campus over 10 years ago. A stolen bike is practically a rite of passage…mine was stolen when I was in Kindergarten. I don’t recall us even reporting it.