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Hope there's some bad kharma for this(9 posts)

Hope there's some bad kharma for thisoutofthesaddle
Nov 6, 2003 11:17 AM
Yesterday afternoon, I went to drop off some donatations at the local Goodwill store. I had my bike in the car and had to pull the front wheel out out the car to unload the stuff. I set the wheel on the ground next to the car. After dealing with folks at Goodwill about the dontations, I jumped in my car and drove away. I didn't realize I'd forgotten the wheel beside the car until I got home. When I went back, the store was closed and my wheel nowhere in sight. I went back this morning but still no sign of my wheel. Clearly my fault for being such a dumba** to drive away without my wheel and I guess I deserve the "stupid tax" that I'll have to pay to replace my wheel. Still, I hope the person that picked up my wheel has some bad juju for walking away with it.
re: Hope there's some bad kharma for thistreebound
Nov 6, 2003 12:05 PM
Did you ask the store staff if they found a wheel outside? Lots of people drop stuff off after hours when they are not supposed to, and the morning staff at Goodwill bring it in when they open. If it looks salable it will be put right in the store immediately. If you ask the morning crew if they found a wheel, without beratement rather just wanting to know if they found it even if they already sold it, you may learn that they did. Worst case is you made an accidental donation and someone got what they think was a legitimate good deal, best case is one of the staff members saw you drive off and stashed the wheel in a corner someplace hoping you would return in a day or so to retrieve it and they'd get a nice thank you from you.

Accidents happen. Bad karma can come from misdirected bad karma requests sometimes. Think about it, then go back to the store and politely ask just for your own information. Stuff happens, life goes on, and sometimes Goodwill's do have good deals (just got my wife a nice commuter bike from there a few weeks ago 1 minute after it was put out on the floor for sale right before closing time)(and, no, someone didn't accidently leave it laying along side their car as they were unloading stuff and drove off).

The wheel you may have accidently donated may be the missing piece of equipment the next Major Taylor or Lance Armstrong needed to break into bike racing. Look at it that way and you'll feel better, and the karma may change for the better for all concerned.
re: Hope there's some bad kharma for thisoutofthesaddle
Nov 6, 2003 12:26 PM
Unfortunately, I did talk to the staff when I went back today and no sign of the wheel. I left a card in case it turns up somehow. By the way, I wouldn't even have considered being rude to the Goodwill store staff or berating anyone - to the contrary, I was incredibly polite. After all: (i) it wasn't their fault that I had a complete mental hiccup and forgot my wheel; and (ii) they are there volunteering their time to help others. In the end you may be right about what happened - I clearly made an "accidental donation" to someone - maybe in the long run it'll turn out as positive all the way around.
re: Hope there's some good kharma for thistreebound
Nov 6, 2003 1:49 PM
Post a few details about the wheel and if you're in the Milwaukee region I'll keep an eye open for it since I regularly rummage around the bike stuff at several of the local thrift shops. If not then maybe someone who is in your area will also keep an eye open. A lot of times stores will move inventory to different stores that do better with certain items. One of the Goodwill stores here rarely has any bicycles and never has components, another always has at least 6 bikes (usually Huffy or Roadmaster but occaisionally a gem or two) and sometimes has various components and tools either on the shelves or behind the counter.
Ya just never know. If it's here and I find it I'll post and let you have it for cost, I'll even include the receipt. Karma is like a flash light, to work you have to turn it on. ;)
new front wheel cheaper than a rear wheel! (nm)ColnagoFE
Nov 6, 2003 2:00 PM
Here goes - SF Bay areaoutofthesaddle
Nov 6, 2003 2:00 PM
The wheel is a red Rolf Vector Comp front wheel with a fairly new black Conti GP 3000 tire on it. I'd gladly pay shipping costs to have it returned.
as Homer would saySkooter
Nov 7, 2003 1:46 AM
re: Hope there's some bad kharma for thismackgoo
Nov 7, 2003 6:27 AM
I suppose if you were walking down the street, or even driving and saw a perfectly good wheel sitting there as if abandoned you would just pass it by.
Abandoned? - come on.outofthesaddle
Nov 7, 2003 9:40 AM
First - there is no question that I pulled a complete bonehead manuever. That said, I'm not sure that if I came across a Rolf Vector Comp with a new Conti tire on it that I could reasonably conclude that someone just didn't want it anymore and had decided to just "abandon" it. I would more than likely assume that it was either: (i) stolen; (ii) left on accident; or (iii) fell off of a rack. I would probably ask someone inside the store that it was in front of if anyone had reported one missing. Just me.