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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 09:18 PM
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Copenhagen Thief Steals Cargo Bike and 3 Sleeping Children (Returns Children Safely)
Edited on Fri Jan-08-10 09:25 PM by HuckleB
http://www.copenhagenize.com/2010/01/thief-steals-cargo...

"A bike thief got a shock yesterday when he stole a Christiania cargo bike from outside a shop here in Copenhagen. A man parked the bike and went into a shop. When he came out the bike was gone.

A man had hopped onto it and rode off. The cargo bay had a cover on it, like in the photo above, and when the bike thief looked inside he saw three sleeping children, ages one, four and seven.

Not quite what he bargained for when nicking the bike. The police were notified and all available personnel were set to the task of finding the children in the bike.

When my wife and I saw this breaking news on the telly my first thought was that the thief would discover the children and then deliver them to safety. Sure enough, after he found them he hid the bike in a cellar entrance and asked the seven year old where they lived. He then followed all three of them home, notified some neighbours and delivered the kids. The police were called and he was arrested.

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I just found this to be generally interesting, so I thought I'd post it in general discussion. What does this say about Copenhagen, as opposed to a city in the US? Or does it say anything at all? I mean, sure it's impossible to generalize anything from this anecdote, though it appears that such an act is expected in Copenhagen. In the US, we get extremely excited when someone sits with a child who was accidentally left behind because of a door malfunction on a light rail train. We're "surprised" that someone would help the child. (Actually, I was not. I would expect everyone I know to act as the individual did in that case.) But, well, I'm having difficulty getting my thoughts together. Maybe I don't know what I'm trying to say, much less, ask.

:hi:
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 09:25 PM
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1. What it says to me is that The Danes are comfortable leaving
their kids outside while they go into a shop.

How nice that must be.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 09:31 PM
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2. Indeed.
The other question for me, though, is "how much should we really fear?" How does the fear-driven media affect our every day actions?
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greennina Donating Member (295 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-08-10 09:52 PM
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3. He's definitely not a Republican
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 12:01 AM
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4. BAM!
:hi:
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 12:04 AM
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5. From what I've heard...
stealing a bike in Copenhagen is like jaywalking in the U.S. It's ubiquitous.
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 11:01 AM
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6. That would mean that everyone steals bikes in Copenhagen, right?
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 11:06 AM
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7. Well that's amazing since we've left bikes outside
stores in Denmark and found them. My sis and her family never lock doors or windows and farmers leave their crops on stands on the side of the road and we have picked up new potatoes and carrots and left the stated amount of money.

Unlike you when it comes to Denmark I haven't heart, I've actually experienced the place.
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