Reporting Steve Miller
CHICAGO (CBS) – Frustrated and angry, a 19-year-old Chicago woman who had her almost-new $700 bicycle stolen this week has posted a very public note near the bike rack where the crime was committed.
“I’m usually very passive and calm. But it was just one of those moments where I was like, I can’t do this,” Olgi Freyre said.
Her bike was stolen in the middle of the day – from the rack right outside the place where she works, on Lincoln near Belmont.
“I’m going to just write something mean for the world to see,” she said.
And she did.
“To the piece of s*** that stole my bike from this bike rack. Do you know how hard I worked to buy that bike? Actually, you stole it WHILE I was at work,” she wrote. “I’m 19 and I payed (sic) for it completely out of my own pocket. I work 40 hours a week. I go to school part-time. And that bike was my only form of transportation.”
Freyre toned down her language for an interview about the theft.
She said she’s not sure she’ll ever see her bike again, but she says she feels better for having written the note.
“I think it should be something that people know about. Even if it is very crude,” she said.
The stolenbike.org website lists almost 100 stolen bikes so far this month in Chicago.