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Bummer...(4 posts)

Jun 26, 2002 8:12 AM
What a bummer, for all concerned...

Shop sells customer's £1,200 bike for a tenner
By BIKEmagic

In case you've missed this on the forum...Emily Harris took her bike inside when she nipped into the charity shop hoping to snap up a bargain. But when she came out of the changing rooms she discovered the bargain of the day had already been snapped up by another customer, who had just paid £10 for her £1,200 bike.
Staff at the shop mistook the bike for a donation and sold it while Emily was trying on a shirt. Miss Harris had upgraded the bike in the four years since she bought it and disguised its value with black masking tape. She'd used it to travel through Europe, Mexico, the USA and Canada and said "The bike is my entire way of life".

She was distraught when she realised what had happened, she ran into the street to try and find the buyer but there was no sign of him. "My knees turned to jelly and I fell down" she said, "I was hysterical".

The Staff at the British Heart Foundation shop in Edinburgh said that customers often left donations outside and they presumed that's what the bike was. When someone asked "How much for the bike?" they plucked a figure from the air. They are now trying to find out whether their insurance will cover the loss of the bike. But Miss Harris wants her own bike back and she sent this message to the man who'd bought the bike "If he doesn't give it back the karmic ramifications could be terrible".


Doesn't sound like a well-run shop to me. Do they not get much on-bike traffic/customers? How much for the car parked out front? Is everything included?!

Makes you think twice about leaving your car in the valet... nmBruno
Jun 26, 2002 8:29 AM
The value of the bike sure has gone up in only a few days!tronracer
Jun 26, 2002 8:42 AM
Guess the owner figures she can milk the insurance for all its worth.
Poor Emily.The British Heartless Foundation should be sued.nmPaul
Jun 26, 2002 8:51 AM