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#1 2012-12-13 10:30am

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What do you do when . . .

You find a bike on Craigslist that you want, but you know the area is not the safest?

I found a decent priced 87 Haro, but the bike is located in a not so nice neighborhood.  From the text messages, I doubt the owner can bring the bike and meet in a safer area, so I have the choice to either risk it or leave it.  I work at the courthouse and talked to one of our former bailiffs who is from the area and he said he avoids the area.  That is making me want to leave it more than risk it because I really don't want to be shot, robbed, or both.  It sucks as I really want the bike, but not if there is a high risk involved.


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#2 2012-12-13 10:33am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

meet at His local police dept.

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#3 2012-12-13 10:35am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Get a cop to go with you if he's not a chicken $h!t lol Hope you get to bike bro!


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#4 2012-12-13 10:38am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Yeah get someone to go with you at least Rob, just not by yourself.


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#5 2012-12-13 10:49am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Hope in fool, lets go cool


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#6 2012-12-13 10:50am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Hop*...

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#7 2012-12-13 10:59am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

you have a license to carry?

Agree with others....go with someone
Or have the dude meet you in a public place (gas station, grocery store lot etc) during the day...somewhere near his house so you dont have to give him a ride home after the purchase.  wink
Additionally....public places often times have cameras watching!


Get there 15 -20 mins early as well.  Scope out the place etc.


Be smart about it, trust your instincts...and you should be fine.

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#8 2012-12-13 11:00am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

bring a buddy....i have been called crazy, but if it was me i'd go get that thing.

what are the gun laws in Al? lol

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#9 2012-12-13 11:00am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

BMX-Wing wrote:

meet at His local police dept.

So tell him to meet me at my work?lol

Get a cop to go with you if he's not a chicken $h!t  Hope you get to bike bro!

Too bad I haven't made friends with any here.

Yeah get someone to go with you at least Rob, just not by yourself.

Thinking about getting Paul and maybe another of my scarier looking friends to ride with me.  Police don't like it when they see a couple of white guys in this area, so that could be worse than going alone. 

I should add, I am white and from Cullman, Alabama.  Many people think everyone from there is born a racist as there use to be a "sign" hanging from the Welcom to Cullman sign.  My tag alone can be a problem in that area due to this trivial fact.  The area the bike is located is near Legion Field where Alabama used to play some of their football games.  It was cleaned up for the 96 Olympics and then vacated except for a few sports events each year.


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#10 2012-12-13 11:03am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

tacoman wrote:

you have a license to carry?

Agree with others....go with someone
Or have the dude meet you in a public place (gas station, grocery store lot etc) during the day.  Those places always have cameras.
Get there 15 -20 mins early as well.  Scope out the place etc.


Be smart about it, trust your instincts...and you should be fine.

I do not.  I respect guns and do not have a problem with them, but do not own one.  Laws here are strict.

I am always early and overly cautious, but a pretty bike can be distracting.


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#11 2012-12-13 11:04am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

72ss454 wrote:

You find a bike on Craigslist that you want, but you know the area is not the safest?

I found a decent priced 87 Haro, but the bike is located in a not so nice neighborhood.  From the text messages, I doubt the owner can bring the bike and meet in a safer area, so I have the choice to either risk it or leave it.  I work at the courthouse and talked to one of our former bailiffs who is from the area and he said he avoids the area.  That is making me want to leave it more than risk it because I really don't want to be shot, robbed, or both.  It sucks as I really want the bike, but not if there is a high risk involved.

I guess my only question would be, what kind of 87 Haro?  I'm not sure I would do it for an FST, but a Team Master?  I might have to go for it. 

For sure take some peeps.


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#12 2012-12-13 11:08am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

why not meet a a public place like starbucks or mcdonalds


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#13 2012-12-13 11:12am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Bring a friend. Meet in a public place with lots of people.


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#14 2012-12-13 11:13am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Just go get it...you'll be just fine...even if you need to take your Wife's purse with you yikes tongue


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#15 2012-12-13 11:15am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Bring a friend and just be careful, meet in a public place, etc. You should be ok, go for it! smile


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#16 2012-12-13 11:23am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Eric DeCastro wrote:

why not meet a a public place like starbucks or mcdonalds

There is not a Starbucks in this area.lol  There is a Church's chicken where there has been a lot of shootings.  This is two miles from my office and there is not a good area in those two miles. 

I guess my only question would be, what kind of 87 Haro?  I'm not sure I would do it for an FST, but a Team Master?  I might have to go for it.

FSX:lol:

Just go get it...you'll be just fine...even if you need to take your Wife's purse with you

Been divorced since 1999, but she may still have my balls in her purse.  I think they are on her keychain.

If I could go during lunch tomorrow, it would save me a 40 mile trip on Saturday.  I work with a bunch of ladies and the few guys that work in my building would be worse than taking a lady.  The bailiffs I know that would ride with me won't go to that area either. 

I think it would be awesome to pull up in a patrol car with one of the officers, but who knows if anyone would come out when I knocked on the door.lol


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#17 2012-12-13 11:26am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Then you better chase  her down & "Borrow" them for Tomorrow wink


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#18 2012-12-13 11:30am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Happens to me all the time.  I picked up an 85 GT pro performer back in September.  I was pretty sure I was gonna die going to get that one.

On another score, I had a guy lead me down into his basement to see the bikes.   I was having horrifying images of Pulp Fiction flash through my mind lol  Turned out to be a great score...and no gimps.

Just watch your back, and be alert.  Really, whenever you are going to meet someone about a CL purchase, you should watch your back.  They know you are bringing money.  I have seen people killed over sneakers.

The "meet in a public place" thing will often fail.  The sellers are usually very lazy, and pretty much will sell to whoever knocks on their door with cash in hand first.

Edit: If I am ever found dead, I want you museum members to tell the cops that anyone who had posted an ad on the NYC CL selling OS bmx must be considered a suspect!  lol

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#19 2012-12-13 11:31am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

Carry little cash and put your purse down.


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#20 2012-12-13 11:44am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

well if you arent a racist or whatever.. maybe you have a buddy that may be black.. ask him to go with you for "black up" .. i have had to do that before .. but im a pretty scary lookin dude anyways...
all i am hearing throughout this whole thread is " im a big scaredy cat.. and dont have a spine"... sorry dude.. but thats how it looks on my monitor...

its an fst.. unless it 50 buxx or less.. let it ride and feel safe n cozy in your nice safe area...

i live in a pretty scary  section of town and my roommate happens to be black and hes more afraid of the hoodrat thugs than i am.. just act as if you belong and just head nod and smirk.. dont smile at everyone and wave..wear sunglasses and dont dress all fancy.. put on some jeans and a tshirt..its no big deal .. no need to mention you from "CRACKER ASS HONKEY TOWN"

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#21 2012-12-13 11:47am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

I try to get people to meet me in a public place or I take a friend. I have even taken one of my danes with me when neither of the other two were available, a 160 pound dog standing next to me is alot of intimidation.


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#22 2012-12-13 11:47am

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Re: What do you do when . . .

bring a friend and a pistol ! wink


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#23 2012-12-13 12:13pm

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Re: What do you do when . . .

just dress up like a women and it will ok.  wink  lol


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#24 2012-12-13 12:15pm

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Re: What do you do when . . .

13thoni wrote:

well if you arent a racist or whatever.. maybe you have a buddy that may be black.. ask him to go with you for "black up" .. i have had to do that before .. but im a pretty scary lookin dude anyways...
all i am hearing throughout this whole thread is " im a big scaredy cat.. and dont have a spine"... sorry dude.. but thats how it looks on my monitor...

its an fst.. unless it 50 buxx or less.. let it ride and feel safe n cozy in your nice safe area...

i live in a pretty scary  section of town and my roommate happens to be black and hes more afraid of the hoodrat thugs than i am.. just act as if you belong and just head nod and smirk.. dont smile at everyone and wave..wear sunglasses and dont dress all fancy.. put on some jeans and a tshirt..its no big deal .. no need to mention you from "CRACKER ASS HONKEY TOWN"

lol


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#25 2012-12-13 12:18pm

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Re: What do you do when . . .

72ss454 wrote:

BMX-Wing wrote:

meet at His local police dept.

So tell him to meet me at my work?lol

Get a cop to go with you if he's not a chicken $h!t  Hope you get to bike bro!

Too bad I haven't made friends with any here.

Yeah get someone to go with you at least Rob, just not by yourself.

Thinking about getting Paul and maybe another of my scarier looking friends to ride with me.  Police don't like it when they see a couple of white guys in this area, so that could be worse than going alone. 

I should add, I am white and from Cullman, Alabama.  Many people think everyone from there is born a racist as there use to be a "sign" hanging from the Welcom to Cullman sign.  My tag alone can be a problem in that area due to this trivial fact. The area the bike is located is near Legion Field where Alabama used to play some of their football games.  It was cleaned up for the 96 Olympics and then vacated except for a few sports events each year.

What sort of tag do you have??

Southern Heritage type tag??


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