Canadian Bicyclist Faces Philly’s HitchBOT Effect


To hear Grant Hatherley tell it, he asked a stranger he was sharing a coffee with at the McDonald’s on Aramingo Avenue near Castor (which is in Port Richmond, where folks in Kensington advised him to head) to keep an eye on his stuff so he could visit the bathroom to clean up.

When he returned, the coffee-sipping friend was gone, as were a couple of shady people hanging outside.

Someone had cut through a Kryptonite lock (one that fended off a previous theft attempt) and a U-bolt to swipe his bike – gifted by a friend for the trip – and an attached trailer, which held a laptop, two cameras, a sleeping mat and clothing.

In other words, Hatherley lost more or less everything he had to his name.

It was a HitchBOT-ian twist, that of a visitor from Canada learning hard life lessons about Philadelphia’s seedier side. (PhillyVoice)

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