British Member of Parliament and Conservative Party head David Cameron had his bicycle stolen. Cameron, who regularly bikes to his office at the House of Commons, stopped at a grocery store on his way home from work. He locked his bike around a bollard, which is a post set in the ground. Witnesses say some kids lifted the bike up and carried it away, presumably so they could cut the lock off later.
Of his bike, Cameron told reporters, “If anyone has seen it I would very much like it back. To me it was absolutely priceless.”
The Dutch Tourist Board, who completely missed the part of the news that said Cameron locked his bike up inadequately, offered a free self-locking Dutch bicycle. The self-locking feature of many Dutch bikes is often a wheel lock of some kind, which does not prevent the kind of theft Cameron was a victim of. Dutch bikes are often very heavy, though, which itself can be a theft deterrent.
A hat tip to Jerry for this news.