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Said she’d never once locked her bike in 85 years of cycling

An 89-year-old cyclist from Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire has been overwhelmed with replacement bike offers after suffering her first theft in 85 years of cycling. Mary Hampton now has a ‘huge padlock’ for the one she has been given having never locked up her bike before.

Hampton said that when she was five, her grandparents were against her having a bike because they thought it was dangerous, so she borrowed one from the boys next door, fell off twice, “and from then on, I’ve been riding ever since.”

The BBC reports that her Raleigh Shopper was taken while she was shopping at Waitrose last Thursday.

"It was an old-looking bike,” she said. “I didn't think anybody would be going to steal it."

Hampton typically makes the three mile trip to the supermarket once or twice a week, but fortunately found herself inundated with offers of replacement bikes from friends, family and strangers.

She eventually accepted a fold-up bike from Berkhamsted Cycling Club and people also clubbed together to give her enough money for a lock and a basket.

"I've bought a huge padlock. I've never seen such a big padlock," she said. "One bad action happened, but think of the wonderful kindness and caring that's come from it."

Mary’s daughter is children’s author, Sue Hampton. Writing on her website, Sue makes it clear that while Berkhamsted cycling club might have considered the bike a donation, her mother saw it merely as a loan. “She was happy to think that one day someone else would enjoy it.”

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Jackson [336 posts] 2 months ago
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Eagerly awaiting Willo's contrarian take on this one

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CygnusX1 [449 posts] 2 months ago
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Jackson wrote:

Eagerly awaiting Willo's contrarian take on this one

Willo would probably say it was her own fault  for not locking it up, and besides she's not wearing a helmet or hi-vis so anything that happens to her on the road would be her fault too.

Fortunately, the majority of people are not like Willo or the bike stealing pond-dwelling scum that helped themselves to her original bike. There's hope for humanity yet.

 

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Ramuz [264 posts] 2 months ago
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Ironic that a lady that, for some, would embody the spirit of Britain / Brexit etc., rides a devilish bike!

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davel [1242 posts] 2 months ago
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Ramuz wrote:

Ironic that a lady that, for some, would embody the spirit of Britain / Brexit etc., rides a devilish bike!

Kudos for the amount of wrong you've managed to squeeze into 19 words.

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Ramuz [264 posts] 2 months ago
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If anyone close passes that lady I will personally beat the fucking shit out of them.

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davel [1242 posts] 2 months ago
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That's an improvement.

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Simontuck [155 posts] 2 months ago
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Is her name Hampstead or Hampton. I'm confused

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BehindTheBikesheds [328 posts] 2 months ago
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Whilst the gesture is nice the response replicates that in society when dealing with criminality especially people on bikes.
If this was your average commuter, teen/young man (which happens in the thousands up and down dale) people would not only be not made aware of it/not make the news but people wouldn't really care even the massive majority of people who ride bikes. How many of the community would have put to or offered a bike to others who had their bike stolen if they weren't an old gran/grandad or other perceived group that requires greater sympathy, what about other communities? We know what happened here, great generosity is not replicated that often simply because the vast majority aren't cases that would exude sympathy for the victim.
That the lady may in fact be in a better financial position than your average commuter/teen to replace the bike is by the by.
My point is it's not what happened but who it happened to that is more important to the response/outcome, but shouldn't be.
If Michael Mason had being a young child or a disabled person sitting in a black/red/brown/dark blue/green/silver car legally in the road with legal lights in a well lit street and they were killed after being rear ended by another vehicle we would have a killer behind bars by now.
Think about it, the inherrant bias is in most of us to some degree or another.

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Grahamd [469 posts] 2 months ago
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@behindthebikesheds.

Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?

 

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BehindTheBikesheds [328 posts] 2 months ago
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Grahamd wrote:

@behindthebikesheds.

Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?

You utterly fail to understand the point I'm making, I'm not saying don't do it, I'm saying that there is a bias in all because of who the person/victim is not what act was done upon them.

this apparent all the time, if this were not an elderly lady, would this be highlighted/made news and would the local community chip in to find that person a bike. We already know that this is not the case for the vast majority of near 100,000 bike thefts in England and Wales.

Level of sympathy/court case outcomes are very often dictated by who, not what.

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beezus fufoon [673 posts] 2 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
Grahamd wrote:

@behindthebikesheds.

Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?

You utterly fail to understand the point I'm making, I'm not saying don't do it, I'm saying that there is a bias in all because of who the person/victim is not what act was done upon them.

this apparent all the time, if this were not an elderly lady, would this be highlighted/made news and would the local community chip in to find that person a bike. We already know that this is not the case for the vast majority of near 100,000 bike thefts in England and Wales.

Level of sympathy/court case outcomes are very often dictated by who, not what.

I'm banking on it, instead of a pension, when I'm old I'm planning on becoming a con artist.

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Grahamd [469 posts] 2 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
Grahamd wrote:

@behindthebikesheds.

Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?

You utterly fail to understand the point I'm making, I'm not saying don't do it, I'm saying that there is a bias in all because of who the person/victim is not what act was done upon them.

this apparent all the time, if this were not an elderly lady, would this be highlighted/made news and would the local community chip in to find that person a bike. We already know that this is not the case for the vast majority of near 100,000 bike thefts in England and Wales.

Level of sympathy/court case outcomes are very often dictated by who, not what.

No, celebrate all good deeds despite any perceived bias. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. Every kindness creates a ripple  that can inspire others.

 

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BehindTheBikesheds [328 posts] 2 months ago
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beezus fufoon wrote:
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
Grahamd wrote:

@behindthebikesheds.

Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?

You utterly fail to understand the point I'm making, I'm not saying don't do it, I'm saying that there is a bias in all because of who the person/victim is not what act was done upon them.

this apparent all the time, if this were not an elderly lady, would this be highlighted/made news and would the local community chip in to find that person a bike. We already know that this is not the case for the vast majority of near 100,000 bike thefts in England and Wales.

Level of sympathy/court case outcomes are very often dictated by who, not what.

I'm banking on it, instead of a pension, when I'm old I'm planning on becoming a con artist.

What are you talking about, have you lost the ability to read and comprehend plain English?

What have I written got anything to do with your accusation that I'm calling her a con artist, are you off your rocker!!

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beezus fufoon [673 posts] 2 months ago
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BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
beezus fufoon wrote:
BehindTheBikesheds wrote:
Grahamd wrote:

@behindthebikesheds.

Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right?

You utterly fail to understand the point I'm making, I'm not saying don't do it, I'm saying that there is a bias in all because of who the person/victim is not what act was done upon them.

this apparent all the time, if this were not an elderly lady, would this be highlighted/made news and would the local community chip in to find that person a bike. We already know that this is not the case for the vast majority of near 100,000 bike thefts in England and Wales.

Level of sympathy/court case outcomes are very often dictated by who, not what.

I'm banking on it, instead of a pension, when I'm old I'm planning on becoming a con artist.

What are you talking about, have you lost the ability to read and comprehend plain English?

What have I written got anything to do with your accusation that I'm calling her a con artist, are you off your rocker!!

no, I was just inspired, jeez dude, join the dots