"Lost" more likely stolen Chair and Bicycle from Berks Street

Trixie's picture

Hi everyone,

I just moved to Fishtown last week and the movers delivered my furniture on Friday, June 20. I had a leather wingback chair that wouldn't fit up the stairs. I left it by my door and steps for the morning when some friends were going to come to help. Meanwhile, that night the chair was taken by someone. That person may have thought the chair was being left out for the trash, but it was not. It was not near the curb or in the trash area, it was right next to my steps. I am sure it was a mistake. The chair is a red, burgandy leather, wing backed with hobnail details. There is light scratching done by my cats on the arms.

I love this chair and I love my new neighborhood. If you took it, please bring my chair back - no questions asked. If you know anything please reply to this posting.

My bicycle was also removed from the fenced in yard the same night and I would love to have that back too. The bike and the chair were very close to one another, the bike inside the fence, the chair outside the fence. The bike is a small Raleigh mountain bike, dark green with a black seat.

Nice welcome to the neighborhood.

lauraska's picture

Definitely not lost.

Definitely not lost. Definitely stolen. Good luck.

teener's picture

Good luck getting your stuff

Good luck getting your stuff back. You have to keep everything locked up...check your neighbors planters (assuming there are any on your street)..I betcha they are chained to something.

Sorry- its not a nice welcome but its a good learning experience.

Ftown66's picture

Do you live at berks and

Do you live at berks and frankford? Did you have a sign on the chair not trash in front of an old washer/dryer or something like that? If this was you that was a big mistake. It is not that safe and secure to leave stuff outside like that. I didn't see who took it since i only seen this as i was coming up berks to frankford. I said to myself this person has to be nut's or a newb. And the bike, come on! What is easier to steal then a unlocked bike? I can envision the thief with the chair on the handlebars of the bike pedaling off. Sorry but you were robbed. Welcome to the neighborhood though. I don't mean that in a sarcastic way.

dan's picture

Sorry about the stuff. I'm

Sorry about the stuff.

I'm afraid you learned two rules of the neighborhood the very hard way.

* Things, especially bicycles, need to be locked up outside if you don't want them stolen. There are places I have lived where you can live where you can leave stuff out and people won't steal them - this is not one of them.
* People will assume items left on the sidewalk are being put out for the trash. There are places I have lived where someone will knock on your door to make sure you really are meaning to throw that piece of furniture out. Here, because most residents know that things will be taken if they're left outside unlocked, we just assume that if it's on the sidewalk it's on its way out.

Kat's picture

I'm sorry that you got your

I'm sorry that you got your stuff stolen. People steal anything that is not locked, cemented or chained down. Somebody stole my doorknob once. And if you leave anything out on the sidewalk, you can kiss it goodbye unfortunately. We had someone steal sidewalk chalk the girls left out for 1/2 hour out front.

ken215's picture

Please do not think poorly

Please do not think poorly of the neighborhood because of these things. It is a really great place to live. Where on Berks?

Ftown66's picture

Kat wrote:I'm sorry that you

Kat wrote:

I'm sorry that you got your stuff stolen. People steal anything that is not locked, cemented or chained down. Somebody stole my doorknob once. And if you leave anything out on the sidewalk, you can kiss it goodbye unfortunately. We had someone steal sidewalk chalk the girls left out for 1/2 hour out front.

Hey i didn't steal that chalk. I only borrowed it to draw my hopscotch grid.

roma258's picture

Sucks to hear, definitely

Sucks to hear, definitely not a good way to get aquainted with the neighborhood. As a rule of thumb, it's best not to leave your stuff out unchained or unattended. It also depends on your block, so if you have neighboors that hang out on the stoop all day, your stuff is alot less likely to get stolen. In any case, welcome to the area, hopefully your luck will turn for the better.

Trixie's picture

Hey Ftown66 Yeah that was

Hey Ftown66 Yeah that was me. Well I was trying to get everything moved by myself and I had no help so I was not in a good place that day. I was doing the best I could. I heard Fishtown was friendly but I went to the Meet Your Neighbors party across the street at the garden center and met NO-ONE. I can be shy around big groups of new people. But I went, stood around, looked at the plants, drank a soda and was completely ignored. Some friendly neighborhood. Also not one person asked if they could help me when I was moving. 66 you could have stopped and warned me - not blaming you, don't mistake, but really why don't people help eachother anymore. I am always helping people.

Ftown66's picture

Trixie wrote:Hey Ftown66

Trixie wrote:

Hey Ftown66 Yeah that was me. Well I was trying to get everything moved by myself and I had no help so I was not in a good place that day. I was doing the best I could. I heard Fishtown was friendly but I went to the Meet Your Neighbors party across the street at the garden center and met NO-ONE. I can be shy around big groups of new people. But I went, stood around, looked at the plants, drank a soda and was completely ignored. Some friendly neighborhood. Also not one person asked if they could help me when I was moving. 66 you could have stopped and warned me - not blaming you, don't mistake, but really why don't people help eachother anymore. I am always helping people.

Around here I lock my trash up when i put it out. Beware of the shopping cart beings who venture into the neighborhood late at night and in the early morning hours. They will take anything that is not nailed down. Sorry again about these troubles. It really is an alright place to live but I could see how getting robbed your first day would make you think otherwise. If i would have actually seen you doing this i would have said something. i just seen the stuff outside and no one around so i didn't know who was doing it.

lauraska's picture

Trixie wrote:Hey Ftown66

Trixie wrote:

Hey Ftown66 Yeah that was me. Well I was trying to get everything moved by myself and I had no help so I was not in a good place that day. I was doing the best I could. I heard Fishtown was friendly but I went to the Meet Your Neighbors party across the street at the garden center and met NO-ONE. I can be shy around big groups of new people. But I went, stood around, looked at the plants, drank a soda and was completely ignored. Some friendly neighborhood. Also not one person asked if they could help me when I was moving. 66 you could have stopped and warned me - not blaming you, don't mistake, but really why don't people help eachother anymore. I am always helping people.

Honestly, I wouldn't leave my stuff sitting outside my house, unlocked, in ANY neighborhood in ANY city. I used to live in New York City and if you left something outside your house, it would be gone in minutes. It's called city life. You'll come to learn that I'm one of the last people to jump to Fishtown's defense, but I don't really think you can blame this situation on the neighborhood, itself. The people here ARE friendly, but it might help if you put out a hand to shake. And I think it would be strange if I was moving and some stranger asked if he could help me...especially if I was a single woman, living alone.

Is this your first time living in the city?

Ftown66's picture

lauraska wrote:Trixie

lauraska wrote:
Trixie wrote:

Hey Ftown66 Yeah that was me. Well I was trying to get everything moved by myself and I had no help so I was not in a good place that day. I was doing the best I could. I heard Fishtown was friendly but I went to the Meet Your Neighbors party across the street at the garden center and met NO-ONE. I can be shy around big groups of new people. But I went, stood around, looked at the plants, drank a soda and was completely ignored. Some friendly neighborhood. Also not one person asked if they could help me when I was moving. 66 you could have stopped and warned me - not blaming you, don't mistake, but really why don't people help eachother anymore. I am always helping people.

Honestly, I wouldn't leave my stuff sitting outside my house, unlocked, in ANY neighborhood in ANY city. I used to live in New York City and if you left something outside your house, it would be gone in minutes. It's called city life. You'll come to learn that I'm one of the last people to jump to Fishtown's defense, but I don't really think you can blame this situation on the neighborhood, itself. The people here ARE friendly, but it might help if you put out a hand to shake. And I think it would be strange if I was moving and some stranger asked if he could help me...especially if I was a single woman, living alone.

Is this your first time living in the city?

I second what she says about being a single woman and taking unsolicited help from a male stranger. Junkies are good at offering help with the intentions of getting money or robbing you later. Don't even assume your neighbors are ok until you have gotten to know them a little better. If this is your first time in a big city be careful. Don't assume anything and you will learn fast. Take care and be safe.

ken215's picture

Hey, I was at the Meet the

Hey, I was at the Meet the Neighbors too. It is most unfortunate that you did not meet anyone, I was with a group that was walking around and introducing ourselves to others. Did you do that too, introduce yourself? If you were completely ignored, perhaps it is because you completely ignored other too.

I wish I had met you that night; this is a good neighborhood with alot of really nice people. I have lived here for just over two years, and love it. Try to extend your hand too, though.

This forum is a good way to meet people; it is were alot of us met for the first time.

If you need anymore help, I will be around this weekend.

Ken

Trixie wrote:

Hey Ftown66 Yeah that was me. Well I was trying to get everything moved by myself and I had no help so I was not in a good place that day. I was doing the best I could. I heard Fishtown was friendly but I went to the Meet Your Neighbors party across the street at the garden center and met NO-ONE. I can be shy around big groups of new people. But I went, stood around, looked at the plants, drank a soda and was completely ignored. Some friendly neighborhood. Also not one person asked if they could help me when I was moving. 66 you could have stopped and warned me - not blaming you, don't mistake, but really why don't people help eachother anymore. I am always helping people.

Ken

PattiMey's picture

Hi, welcome to the

Hi, welcome to the neighborhood. Sorry about your chair. It won't take long for you to find out who to trust and who to stay away from. Talk to your neighbors and visit the corner stores. Introduce yourself but don't be too quick to give up info about when you go to school, work or where ever. In time you will find that most people here will go out of their way to help.

dan's picture

Sorry about the Meet Your

Sorry about the Meet Your Neighbors thing.

I introduced m'self to a lot of folks I didn't know, but must have missed you.

Did you notice another woman who spent a lot of time wandering around the plants?
That was my wife, Judy... she doesn't like crowds very much either.
You may have missed her, however. She left about 2 hours before I did.

codergrrl's picture

Welcome to the hood

Welcome to the hood Trixie....
Somehow, it has evolved, that anything left unattended is out front is free game.
I actually like that, as tons of clothes, baby cribs, lawn mowers, etc...have been taken by people who actually can use them again.
Perhaps your shyness can be overcome, by getting to know the folks on this website...they seem to be quite a social bunch, and you can kinda get to know them first by posting.
I've lived here for fifty years, and its really the only place I would ever want to live.
Good luck, and sorry to hear about your losses.

Kat's picture

Trixie wrote:Hey Ftown66

Trixie wrote:

Hey Ftown66 Yeah that was me. Well I was trying to get everything moved by myself and I had no help so I was not in a good place that day. I was doing the best I could. I heard Fishtown was friendly but I went to the Meet Your Neighbors party across the street at the garden center and met NO-ONE. I can be shy around big groups of new people. But I went, stood around, looked at the plants, drank a soda and was completely ignored. Some friendly neighborhood. Also not one person asked if they could help me when I was moving. 66 you could have stopped and warned me - not blaming you, don't mistake, but really why don't people help eachother anymore. I am always helping people.

We are a friendly neighborhood, so please don't generalize. Maybe if you introduceded yourself to one of us it would have been easier. Sometimes you have to make an effort, even if you're shy. Shy people are sometimes mistaken for people who want to be left alone. Give us another chance. We are nice people (for the most part) ;) I'm sorry your first Fishtown experience was not good.

neilpuck's picture

Trixie, sorry we missed you

Trixie, sorry we missed you at the MTN event. I was the dork helping Ken sell raffle tickets, then actually ended up winning a prize. I swear it wasn't rigged!

We post social stuff here all the time, so please come and join us when you can. Happy hours, neighborhood clean ups, roller derby, BBQ's. We are a loud, obnoxious, but friendly and welcoming bunch. But I'm trying to be less loud. I'm hoping that doesn't mean I'm more obnoxious in relation.

I really hope you've gotten the bad stuff out of the way and have some more positive experiences going forward.

Welcome!

marm's picture

See this is the stuff that

See this is the stuff that bothers me about this forum, we are in ways just putting this neighborhood down instead of just saying sorry and we will keep a eye out, we go into that was stolen and blah blah blah. I mean it might have been stolen but to always put our neighborhood down. Why can't we have positive things to say about the neighborhood. Bad things happen no matter where you live. By the way welcome. I hope you consider staying.

Kat's picture

marm wrote:See this is the

marm wrote:

See this is the stuff that bothers me about this forum, we are in ways just putting this neighborhood down instead of just saying sorry and we will keep a eye out, we go into that was stolen and blah blah blah. I mean it might have been stolen but to always put our neighborhood down. Why can't we have positive things to say about the neighborhood. Bad things happen no matter where you live. By the way welcome. I hope you consider staying.

You're right about that Marm - Trixie, sorry to be so negative. It's not really my nature. I am a Southern California transplant who has lived here about 7 years and I love it. It is WAY different than what I am used to and there are some things that will forever drive me crazy (stolen stuff is one and the evil ice cream man who drives by my house at 11:00 amd wakes up the baby is another) but Marm is right - there are alot of positives to living here. In all honesty, Fishtown.us is one of the many bright spots. Nunzio and I have made some awesome friends here (in real life not just cyber friends) and we all have each other's backs (not that we don't argue sometimes, but that is ok, we usually make up). In any city you are going to have those goofballs who steal stuff. Heck, I lived in Delaware Couty years ago in a nice neighborhood and somebody stole my Christmas decorations - an 8 foot high wooden snowman that I painted - on Christmas eve...theft happens everywhere.

On a side note, there is a cool picnic happening across from Dan's Church) in July - you should attend. Alot of us will be there. I may bring nametags this time so NOBODY can escape meeting each other :)

teener's picture

I don't think anyone was

I don't think anyone was trying to put the neighborhood down...it is just a reality of city life.

I think all the welcomes and sorry this happened to you comments does a nice job of being supportive, while the advice of keeping things locked up and not letting junkies or strange men help a single woman are good and wise.

marm wrote:

See this is the stuff that bothers me about this forum, we are in ways just putting this neighborhood down instead of just saying sorry and we will keep a eye out, we go into that was stolen and blah blah blah. I mean it might have been stolen but to always put our neighborhood down. Why can't we have positive things to say about the neighborhood. Bad things happen no matter where you live. By the way welcome. I hope you consider staying.

Trixie's picture

Hey everybody, Thanks for

Hey everybody,

Thanks for all of the replies. No it's not my first time living in the city, but I was being naive thinking that ok maybe the chair will get taken, and sure the dryer (which wasn't taken) was pretty much fair game, but to take my bike out of the fenced in yard is really a crappy thing to do. Thanks for all of the warnings thought, I will not make that those mistakes twice.

I like to think of myself as overly optimistic instead of naive. Hopefully at another event I will get to meet some people. I am already loving Memphis Taproom and Johnny Brendas. As for sticking my hand out in a crowd of people I don't know who are all standing around talking to eachother, not going to happen. I am not shy in any other situation, but when it comes to a crowd of people I don't know - I am gonna be the wall flower. On the same note, at events I am comfortable at, I am usually the one with their hand out welcoming anyone I don't know. So hopefully there is someone else out there like me who will say hi to me.

I love my new place and I don't have any negative feelings about living in Fishtown. The neighborhood didn't steal my stuff, some a - hole did!! In fact I want a fishtown sign with my address number on it. Can anyone tell me where do you get those signs?

NEW KENZO's picture

marm is so negative!

marm is so negative!

marm's picture

NEW KENZO wrote:marm is so

NEW KENZO wrote:

marm is so negative!

I know im sorry I just can't help it...Guess it comes with the neighborhood =)

Kat's picture

marm wrote:NEW KENZO

marm wrote:
NEW KENZO wrote:

marm is so negative!

I know im sorry I just can't help it...Guess it comes with the neighborhood =)

We still love you though...;)

FishtownStainedGlass's picture

I can make you one with the

I can make you one with the Shad and the address hanging below it. I dont know where you get the wooden ones though.