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Reasons why you should return my bike

Jill Voreis | Friday, September 23, 2011

On Wednesday, Sept. 21, my bike was stolen. While true that I didn’t lock it properly, that still gives nobody a right to steal it. I’m hoping it was more “borrowed without permission” by a student late for class, and I can sympathize as anyone who knows me can assure you. And I will be totally nice about it if you return it, because I understand needing to get across our gorgeous campus quickly.

Here are the reasons you should return my bike:

1. Sustainability. I got that bike so I could ride to and from my house off-campus. If you return it, I won’t have to drive, thereby reducing my carbon footprint and doing my part to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.

2. State of Grace. You don’t want to arrive at Mass on a stolen bicycle, do you? Returning the bike is the right thing to do.

3. I will take care of it. Many bikes around here fall victim to Old Man Winter, but I have a house with a basement and a garage. I will ride it regularly, maintain the tires, oil the chain, etc. If you won’t take care of it this winter, at least return it by the first snowfall.

4. Thou shalt not steal.

If you accidentally borrowed my bike yesterday, please return it to me, no questions asked! The bike is a brand-new, silver, 54 cm, 18 speed with shimano shifter aluminum men’s road bike. It has dropped handle bars with black bar tape and says “zerograv” in white. Drop it off at the lost and found, or contact me and we can meet up. I understand if you like riding my bike. I like riding it too. I hope whoever took my bike could find it in his or her heart to help a poor graduate student out and give it back!

Thank you, Notre Dame!

Jill Voreis

graduate student

off campus

Sept. 22