$500 Reasons to Get the Thief

October 15th, 2013

We had an incident last week at our Valencia Street store that was unprecedented and not funny. A guy came in to participate in our Take One Home Tonight E-Bike program and never returned the E-bike. He went AWOL. He claims to have studied pre-law at UCLA. What chutzpah! Help us Get this Guy. $500… Read more »

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We had an incident last week at our Valencia Street store that was unprecedented and not funny. A guy came in to participate in our Take One Home Tonight E-Bike program and never returned the E-bike. He went AWOL. He claims to have studied pre-law at UCLA. What chutzpah!

Help us Get this Guy. $500 reward.

We are reaching out to all of you through our online networks, to try to track this guy down. Can you help? He went off with a black Stromer ST1 Platinum. Here is a photo and the information he left with us (which may or may not be true).

Jesse Hanlin, e-bike thiefThe suspect went by the name JESSE EDWARD HANLIN who previously lived in San Jose & attended UCLA. (Go Bruins!) If anyone can help us locate him (and our bike too), we will offer you $500 credit to get your own e-bike. He’s either missing (which would concern us) or is a bike thief.

Please SHARE WIDELY with this Facebook link and help us locate him and/or the Stromer e-bike. Email customerservice@publicbikes.com with any tips.

Sadly, a lot of the problem with bike theft is that the police or prosecutors just don’t have the resources or incentives to go after bike thieves, so we’re using our own means. Many of our customers are tech and media savvy, so we’re hoping that one of you might have the skills to help us find him. Thanks for your help.

Bike theft is a truly sad fact of life, and it is as common in “civilized” biking communities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen as it is in the US. Almost all of us have had to cope with theft at some time in our lives. I personally believe that bike thieves are reason enough to reinstitute those stocks that Puritans used in colonial times to expose thieves to public shame. We have written about theft from various points of view in earlier blog posts:

Dear Bike Thief
Outwitting Thieves at PUBLIC
Bondage in Amsterdam

The subject has not been lost in broader modern circles. Vittoria de Sica’s 1948 The Bicycle Thief is rated as one of the greatest movies of all time, and happens to be Woody Allen’s favorite film. See it if you have not done so already.

A Taste of Guatemala

September 13th, 2013

We’ve been serving coffee in our South Park neighborhood since July, and customers have been lining up for the special Saint Frank coffee drinks. Saint Frank offers a special roast from very special Guatemalan beans and this creates a taste experience that is as unique as it is rich, aromatic, and flavorful. I’ve been grinding… Read more »

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We’ve been serving coffee in our South Park neighborhood since July, and customers have been lining up for the special Saint Frank coffee drinks. Saint Frank offers a special roast from very special Guatemalan beans and this creates a taste experience that is as unique as it is rich, aromatic, and flavorful. I’ve been grinding my own beans and making my own espresso drinks for over thirty years, and I can attest to the fact that the Saint Frank coffee is exceptional. The youth driven coffee culture is taking coffee to entirely new level in sophistication.

We’re now making Saint Frank’s freshly roasted beans available to all of our customers by shipping directly to your door.

St Frank Coffee
“Frankly” speaking, we should not sell this special product at a discount. But we think that once you’ve brewed this in your own kitchen you’ll be back for more. The single origin coffee is that special. The farm where it is raised is called Retiro (which means “retreat”). The coffee is comprised of the traditional heirloom varieties of Bourbon and Typica and grows under the shade of tall Grevillea trees. The result is a great representation of a classic Antigua coffee from Guatemala: elegant, well balanced with a rich aroma and a very sweet taste.*

Juan Luis Barrios Ortega produces these unique coffee beans. The Ortega Family has been growing coffee for 100 years near Chimaltenango in Guatemala, and the farm has been in Juan’s family since 1832. They are one of the most environmentally progressive estates in Guatemala and use innovative sustainable practices for coffee production, forest preservation and management.

Here’s how our program works:

Your Beans Roasted Tuesday and Shipped Thursday Every Week

Get your order to us by Monday, 12:00pm PST for a Tuesday roast and we will ship to you on Thursday. You will receive freshly roasted coffee beans. You’ll need to grind them yourself, and if you do not have a coffee grinder – it’s about time you did! The aromatics and flavor imparted by freshly roasted ground coffee makes for coffee drinks that are astoundingly sumptuous.

*The package that the coffee arrives in is equally as elegant as the coffee itself. The graphic design is the work of Paula Scher of Pentagram. Scher was awarded the 2013 Communication Design award from the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, and has been distinguishing herself for decades as an artist and designer. The PUBLIC logo evolved from her poster for PUBLIC Works.