Here is what this post is really about!
People going through your panniers at stores, while you are not watching! GRRRRRRrrrr....
So, here is what happened.
A few weeks ago, I was at REI Dallas checking out the tents and stuff, on sale. I usually park my bike inside REI. The great folks at REI do not mind if you bring your bike in. They don't bother you if you park your bike inside the store, where there is not much traffic, and browse.
So...here I am doing my usual Saturday browsing at the great and much coveted stuff as usual. In the corner of my eye I see this woman is admiring my bike. Well, at least that's what I thought she was doing.
The next thing you know, she unzips my handlebar bag and starts going through my stuff like it is her own! I couldn't believe it. She even went on to check out my camera. Sheesh!
So, I walk up to her and say, "Excuse me, it my personal stuff. Please do not go through it". She shrugs and mumbles some garbled stuff in a language I can't understand. For the record, I can understand most things said in an intelligible way, irrespective of the language. Well, I don't speak all the world's languages...Well, you get the idea!
Anyway, what's with these rude people?
I can understand people checking out stuff that is on display. But for Pete's sake, can't you tell someone's personal stash from Advertising/Display material at a store?
Here is why I was livid:
- There was no way to mistake my bike for a Display Bike. It was quite dirty.
- There was a half-eaten protein bar inside the handlebar bag.
- There was my stash of almonds and walnuts.
I was pretty disgusted at this not-so-nice person's behavior.
And, here is what I have resorted to.
Hopefully, this and my constantly watching my bike, will keep unwanted intruders away!
In addition, I am also planning to get a small combination lock!
You guys take care of your steeds and your stash now, ya hear?