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Had pop thrown at me today(26 posts)

Had pop thrown at me todayKoolaideprived
Jun 26, 2003 9:38 PM
Some kids around my area decided it would be funny to throw their pop cups (A&W) at me from their moving vehicle. The first time they hit my wheel, and I thought that maybe I had simply missed it and run over it (I didn't actually see them throw it). About 5 minutes later a cup lid and straw fly past my head on the right, and the cup flies past on the left, and some of the pop hits me in the back. Needless to say I was pissed. I got a good look at the vehicle, and had no choice but to keep on riding. Was riding along and I see the same vehicle parked at a local amusement park. I go into the park and ask for a piece of paper and a pen, and proceed to write down the license plate number, and while I was doing this I noticed that there was an A&W bag on the passenger seat. I rode to my place of work and called the police, gave them the plate number and talked to an officer. They're paying a fine :) Sorry, just had to blather for a bit.
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If it had been me....Alexx
Jun 27, 2003 3:21 AM
I would've drained the air out of all 4 tires, then drawn a little diagram of a bike in the dirt on the driver's side!
That's pretty good...I like it.(nm)slide13
Jun 27, 2003 4:38 AM
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that is not right!andy02
Jun 27, 2003 7:38 AM
Don't do this but a better way would be to take a small amount of air from one tire and add air to the rear opposite tire. Makes the car freak at speed. I know from a highschool prank I thought my car was going to die any second. But that would be dangerous and you did the right thing assuming that you got the right car.
even better.rufus
Jun 27, 2003 8:03 AM
put a small pebble in the top of the valve cap and then screw it back on the car tire's valve stem. the pebble will depress the valve spring slightly, so the tire will go flat over time.
You did the right thing4bykn
Jun 27, 2003 3:43 AM
You got the authorities on your side, good move. Now if this were to escalate there is a record. Had you tried retaliation(letting the air out of their tires) then the next move would be theirs, and who knows what they are capable of.
b Bravo.
What was the ticket for???biknben
Jun 27, 2003 3:51 AM
What did the officer cite the driver for? Careless/wrecklessness, littering. Just wondering. That way if it happens to me I know what to tell the officer to do.

Good for you. It would be tough for me not to "F" with their car. Letting the authorities "F" with their wallet is just a good though. Had the officer ignored the request for action, I would have had a little fun with the car.
Nicely donekenyee
Jun 27, 2003 6:10 AM
Hope they get cited for assault or public disorder, but a fine sounds like it's going to be for littering :-P

ken
Similar incident last year...Brooks
Jun 27, 2003 6:47 AM
A couple of kids threw McD's bag with fries and hit a rider in our group ride . I always thought the fries were the only good thing about McD's , but I digress. No crash luckily. Cell phone call to the cops. About a half hour later as we get back to the LBS, across the street is the same car parked facing the wrong direction and on the sidewalk. Another call to the cops who are there within a couple of minutes. The condo building next to the street has a ground level unit with a couple of chairs and beers sitting outside. One cop knocks on the glass door, another is out front when these two kids bolt out of the building. Busted! They both confessed, but then plead not guilty in court. As it was about to go to trial, a plea bargain was reached in which they apologized, paid some small fine and had to pay to go to some counseling.

Good for you to take the high ground and not F*** with their car. And good for the cops for following through. Write them a note of thanks.
I think this is the car they were driving??african
Jun 27, 2003 8:12 AM
I've seen that car!pawistik
Jun 27, 2003 10:21 AM
I thought I'd seen a picture of that car before, then I had a look at the liscense plate & the surroundings. I'm pretty sure that car is driving around right here in Saskatoon (those are Saskatchewan plates). Around here they throw beer bottles not fries & pop.
Don't let them get away....t0adman
Jun 27, 2003 8:20 AM
Good for you for stopping to get the vehicle info and reporting it to the authorities. I had a more violent incidnet riding with my uncle last year. As we were coming down some residential streets in West Seattle, a teenager leaned out the window of his muscle car and punched my uncle in the left haunch. My uncle couldn't believe what had happened but when he did, got very pissed (understandably). They idiots in the car didn't plan on having to stop in traffic just up the road so when we came up to the car my uncle and I took our pumps out and beat the sh!t out of their windows asking if they'd like to get out and discuss their actions. Of course with our road shoes on we might as well have been on ice skates, a fact that escaped our minds at the time. They didn't get out, of course, so we called the cops who had them caught in a minutes. Although we elected no to press charges, my uncle requested the cops "scare them a bit", which they gladly did. I've had more than one incident of this nature and I refuse to let people get away with it. Keep fighting for cyclists rights!
I know people say violence is not the answer....Frith
Jun 27, 2003 8:38 AM
and call the autorities and all that but I'm sorry, When somebody takes advantage of the vulnerability of someone on a bike it infuriates me. It is perhaps that vulnerability and the adrenaline that is already present from riding that makes me question whether or not I could handle a situation like that with civility. I'm not a violent person but that is the kind of behaviour that could make me one.
I would gladly throddle the car and owner if presented with that opportunity.
good for you man! (nm)Rich_Racer
Jun 27, 2003 9:12 AM
re: Had pop thrown at me todayPygme
Jun 27, 2003 9:27 AM
My Story:

I was cruising along the MUT next to a busy road. The next thing I know, I got pelted with a Taco Bell bag. Well, knowing that a red light was just around the bend in the road, I got on my horse and started pedaling!

I caught the car and it's two occupants at the red light. I layed my bike in front of the car so they would not drive away. By the way, my bike has this cool black bag on the back that says "police." It also has "police" written on the toptube and down tube. Also, I had police on several places on the uniform I was wearing. The fact that I had a .40 caliber S&W in my holster might have helped a bit as well. Anyway....

The driver was literally yanked out of the driver's window and quckily cuffed. The passenger quickly exited the vehicle with his hands up while saying, "I'm sorry, Sir. I'm sorry, Sir."

Both of them took a ride to jail. The diver was booked on no insurance, expired registration, no seatbelt and no front plate.

The passenger, who threw the bag, was charged with littering and assault.

That incident was close to being the highlight of my police career.
Hey Pygme, that is the best story I've heard in a long time! nmSnowbird
Jun 27, 2003 10:06 AM
re: Had pop thrown at me todayclintb
Jun 27, 2003 10:07 AM
Man, I thought for a second that you were nuts for laying your bike in front of the cars. That was until the "Police" being stickered everywhere part. Assault on a Police Officer, what kind of penalty/punishment does that carry? I bet they'll never jack with another cyclist again.
re: Had pop thrown at me todayPygme
Jun 27, 2003 7:40 PM
It was just a Class C assault- The equivilant of a traffic ticket. But, it was an attention getter. I also reminded them that I, and my partner who was not with me that day, ride road bikes off duty. So, before he went screwing with other cyclists in the area, he may want to think about it again.
Bravo Pygme! (nm)emckee
Jun 27, 2003 10:44 AM
Too bad they didn't pull a fake gun on you, too!Alexx
Jun 27, 2003 11:12 AM
If they had, these guys would've been a shoe-in for the Darwin Award!
brilliant LOL , thank you..... nmafrican
Jun 27, 2003 11:43 AM
Pygme, OMG that is the funniest story ever!!!snowman3
Jun 27, 2003 12:10 PM
I have a new hero now!4bykn
Jun 27, 2003 5:09 PM
I laughed all the while I read your post, pygme. If you live in central ILL I'd like to buy you a beer!
I have a new hero now!Pygme
Jun 27, 2003 7:43 PM
I might have to take you up on that one. I was there in 2001. A group of Houston Police Officers road from Houston to La to New York raising money for Luekemia. We stopped in Chicago. Man, I could not believe how big that lake was!!
good work..dotkaye
Jun 27, 2003 10:04 AM
a fine might get their attention. When I started road running in the 70's this used to happen - beer bottles, lit cigarettes, pop cans, etc would come flying out of car windows at me, on a regular basis. I guess the rednecks have moved on to cyclists now. I wonder what it will take to move cycling into the mainstream..
There is a biking god.......nmcoonass
Jun 27, 2003 2:17 PM