Gladys Bikes the Latest Victim of Bike Theft
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Owner Leah Benson received the call long before the sun rose and began her day cleaning up shattered glass and making the necessary calls to have repairs made to the storefront.
On her facebook page, Benson reported the break in seems unrelated to anything riot-related, as many have asked. It appears to have been an isolated theft, resulting in two stock bicycles being stolen from inventory. No customers' bikes were taken, and no other items seem to be missing.
"I'm saddened, I'm stressed and I'm angry, but I am also fully aware that Gladys Bikes getting broken into is not the worst thing that happened last night…
Benson urged the community to keep an eye out for the bikes, but also to "keep in mind these are pretty common models of bikes and many people own them who aren't bike thieves".
Dozens of customers and community supporters have stopped by today to show their support for the business, dropping off snacks and delivering high fives.
"It's a major bummer any time your space is violated, but we're lucky nothing more was taken," Benson said in an interview this afternoon. "Winter is tough for bike shops, when sales slow in colder months, so while there's never a good time for a break in, now is particularly difficult. I'm focusing now on moving forward, and really taking in the positive side of this which has been the outpouring of support from the community."
To address the many inquiries from customers and fans about what they could do to help, Benson wrote:
"I think that many of you appreciate us for being genuine and honest as individuals and as a business, so I'm going to be straight with you: We're new, we're small and insurance doesn't cover everything; having a few thousand dollars worth of goods and window replacement isn't the easiest pill to swallow. Been putting off a tune-up? Had your eye on a bike for months and been waiting for the right time to buy? Lusting over that rain cape or pannier? If you're in need of a product or service we offer, now wouldn't be a bad time to drop by."
One fan of Gladys Bikes has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise $2000 to help pay for loss and damages. The author of the campaign is s customer, not employed by the shop in any way, and wrote:
"Gladys has been incredibly supportive of the entire biking community—from other shops to regular riders to women looking for a better fitting ride. With Thanksgiving around the corner, this is an opportunity to spread some gratitude and support to this wonderful shop in a time of need."
To make a contribution to the shop, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/SupportGladys
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