A somewhat beat up but possibly rideable bike as been laying on its side unlocked and untouched behind my office building for over two weeks now.
What is acceptable protocol here? A co-worker has suggested leaving a note for the owner saying that if not reclaimed by X date, I will ride it away or salvage it for parts. This seems a more considerate option than simply taking it, but I hate to provide a deadline that might never be seen by the owner. Either way, it’s rusting up pretty quickly.
I’ve done this, I’ve locked the bike, left a note and waited for about a week. I was pretty certain considering the condition of the bike it had been stolen and ditched, never got a call and after a week the seat was gone, I took it home fixed it and gave it away.
Weird thing. I stepped outside to examine it earlier this morning. This was the first time I actually approached/handled the thing. A few hours later I revisit it to check the serial number and someone had moved it next to a nearby dumpster.