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How ironic: I got my e-bike stolen on my very last day of work, and to add icing on the cake, I found out just minutes before my colleagues would throw me a surprise party.
It was my last day of work at an English training center in Kunshan, China and we were on day 2 of our Halloween event at Shimao Plaza. I had arrived by e-bike (scooter) in the a.m., parked it in an open lot in front of the plaza without locking it, and went about my day as normal. Big mistake.
Our event finished by mid-afternoon. Everyone snapped a few last pictures, whipped off our costumes, washed off the make-up, and we were told gather around for a wrap-up meeting. I had an inkling that my colleagues were prepping some top-notch surprise party for my departure so I decided to head outside and hook my e-bike up to a charging station to let them prepare.
I walked back to the parking and low and behold...that sh*t was gone! F@#k! I was pissed beyond pisstivity. I looked everywhere, observed everyone, and looked for any traces or clues. Anyone looking at me more than 5 seconds became a suspect. But in the end, I just accepted that I'd been had.
The meeting had already began when I arrived back and the 1st thing I did was whisper to my girlfriend that my e-bike had been stolen. Gasp. She couldn't believe it either. It's funny, after a few minutes I even started to think it was an EPIC prank being played out by my colleagues as a farewell ‘gift’. That somehow my girlfriend had gotten a hold of my key, made a copy, passed it on to one of the teachers, and they'd shout out "Surprise!" half way through the meeting. And yeah, that never happened.
What did happen though, was the 1st surprise I figured would occur: they showcased a celebratory video they had made specially for my departure, showered me with a few gifts, whipped out a cake, and bid their farewells. I had to sit through all of that with a smile!
Later we'd have dinner together and were joined by teachers from our other branches. The whole time I'd continue asking everyone if they were pulling a prank, and yep, they only managed to reassured me that my e-bike was just gone forever.
Afterwards my girlfriend helped me flagged down a security at Shimao. After all, if it was an easy way to catch the culprits, I damn sure would. The security guard stated that he had no clue as to my bike’s whereabouts, and he also "warned" us that getting an e-bike stolen at Shimao Plaza was commonplace. Yeah, thanks for the help!
In my last effort to get some kind of conclusion I even requested a look at the CCTV footage covering the parking lot. Great idea right? Unfortunately, he informed us that doing so would require authorization from the actual police. FAIL!
With that I decided to call off the search, head home, and "charge it to the game" as we urban folks say. Hey, on the bright side it was my last day of work after all, and so we all went and partied at a KTV to cap off the night!