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    Stolen from Toro Park... Utterly heartbroken.

    Really, I'd prefer not to get into complete detail as this is already an ongoing investigation, but I hope the people/persons that broke into my house, and made off with my livelihood get what they deserve. What I can say is my bikes were under lock and key, not left out, thus was not my negligence. There is a special place for people that steal bikes... I hope you go there. As some of you guys that read my posts know, I was looking forward to the Cccx season starting, and it's a killer I'm out not one, but all of my bikes, just really a sh*tty feeling.

    Here's what they got away with-

    2012 Specialized Enduro Expert
    2011 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon
    2012 Giant Anthem 29er...

    Yeah, lots of hardware.. Lots of painstaking time spent working to afford such nice stuff.

    Thanks in advanced for recommending CL, parts swaps, pawn shops, garage sales, insurance, etv, and all the other usual outlets, I'm all about checking these frequently to get my stuff back. Really, just for anyone that knows me, and what I ride to be on the lookout. I appreciate any help I can get.


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    So bummed!!! Will definitely keep my eyes peeled!
    I'm not sure how this works.

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    Just got in from a ride and sat down and opened this.....W.T.F. I mean, its like someone punched me in the stomach and knocked the wind outta me!!!! Can't help but feel for ya man! Visions go though my head of opening up the bike room door and seeing all the bikes gone! I really wish for the best outcome and you recover those babies! Borrow a bike from a friend if you can and keep riding!

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    I know exactly how you feel. On Monday night, Tuesday morning. I had my Giant trance and a a newly built 2013 nomad C (custom build) stolen from my garage. It is truly a heart breaking experience. Even though you may be compensated by your insurance company (hopefully you have some form of insurance); you feel violated and lose that sense of security.

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    You might try this search engine

    Got lucky and found my buddies bike using it -

    https://racklove.com/stolen-bike-finder/


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    Sorry to hear about this. I'm about to go remove my bike from my car in the parking garage after reading this. Not worth risking it overnight.
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    Sorry.............

    I will be scanning all bikes in the hood.


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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    Really, I'd prefer not to get into complete detail as this is already an ongoing investigation, but I hope the people/persons that broke into my house, and made off with my livelihood get what they deserve. What I can say is my bikes were under lock and key, not left out, thus was not my negligence. There is a special place for people that steal bikes... I hope you go there. As some of you guys that read my posts know, I was looking forward to the Cccx season starting, and it's a killer I'm out not one, but all of my bikes, just really a sh*tty feeling.

    Here's what they got away with-

    2012 Specialized Enduro Expert
    2011 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon
    2012 Giant Anthem 29er...

    Yeah, lots of hardware.. Lots of painstaking time spent working to afford such nice stuff.

    Thanks in advanced for recommending CL, parts swaps, pawn shops, garage sales, insurance, etv, and all the other usual outlets, I'm all about checking these frequently to get my stuff back. Really, just for anyone that knows me, and what I ride to be on the lookout. I appreciate any help I can get.


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    that sucks!

    If you have any information you can share, I'll keep my eyes open.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    What I can say is my bikes were under lock and key, not left out, thus was not my negligence.


    2012 Specialized Enduro Expert
    2011 Specialized Epic Comp Carbon
    2012 Giant Anthem 29er...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tone No Balone View Post

    Visions go though my head of opening up the bike room door and seeing all the bikes gone!
    It sounds like they were not in plain view?

    My experience says it was someone you know....

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    Really sucks, I would start searching craigslist and pinkbike to see if they try to unload them. And remember they are prob willing to drive to the southbay to sell them so check SF listings to.

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    If you can post pics, that would help. I'm a visual person, so if it pops up somewhere I might recognize it better if I've seen it before.

    Specially for a fellow Giant rider.
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    I would recommend that anyone who has a high end mountain bikes (which I assume everyone here), have some sort of insurance that covers them. I was fortunate enough that my "renters insurance" covered my bikes. Its about 200 dollars a year. It is well worth it.

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    Renters insurance ftw! I was required to have it, and it pretty much paid for itself.
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    Still Looking!

    I'm really appreciating the MTBR peeps right about now! Thanks to you all for all the help and kind words.. Such as DIE THIEVES and what-not.

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    Knowing that you live in Toro Park (small community) and probably ride out of your house to and from the trails, logic says someone that lives close by is involved. Sorry about the bikes man. That sucks a fat one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Hungus View Post
    Knowing that you live in Toro Park (small community) and probably ride out of your house to and from the trails, logic says someone that lives close by is involved. Sorry about the bikes man. That sucks a fat one.
    Thanks, Carl. Frankly, everyone in the hood knows me as "the guy that fixes bikes and has a lot of bikes". Now, everyone in the hood knows I got ripped off. I feel even more used since when I do fix people's bikes, I don't charge for sh*t like cables, I will patch tubes, I'll true your POS wheel etc. I work mainly for beer and conversation, I buy my supplies like my cables like every other schmo from the LBS.. I'm just a bike guy, people know that. A LOT of people know that. I do ride from my house, am actively involved with the MTB community locally, offer up countless hours of trail work, and take pride in our little neighborhood. When we talk about "someone I know", it's a vague term since my little garage really is Toro Park's pseudo "bike shop" yet, it's just my garage.
    Funny (as in peculiar) how just moments after I discovered I'd been robbed, I had about 20 people, including the cops, in my yard within minutes, offering assistance and believe that they are also looking for what belongs to me. Word of mouth spread that quickly, and I'm hopeful someone helps me, and I get my bikes back. I want the guys that jacked me to know that they are not true mountain bikers ever, and same goes for anyone out there riding a stolen bike, IMO. You may be fast, but youll never escape the fact that your bike is stolen. Fact.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    Thanks, Carl. Frankly, everyone in the hood knows me as "the guy that fixes bikes and has a lot of bikes". Now, everyone in the hood knows I got ripped off. I feel even more used since when I do fix people's bikes, I don't charge for sh*t like cables, I will patch tubes, I'll true your POS wheel etc. I work mainly for beer and conversation, I buy my supplies like my cables like every other schmo from the LBS.. I'm just a bike guy, people know that. A LOT of people know that. I do ride from my house, am actively involved with the MTB community locally, offer up countless hours of trail work, and take pride in our little neighborhood. When we talk about "someone I know", it's a vague term since my little garage really is Toro Park's pseudo "bike shop" yet, it's just my garage.
    Funny (as in peculiar) how just moments after I discovered I'd been robbed, I had about 20 people, including the cops, in my yard within minutes, offering assistance and believe that they are also looking for what belongs to me. Word of mouth spread that quickly, and I'm hopeful someone helps me, and I get my bikes back. I want the guys that jacked me to know that they are not true mountain bikers ever, and same goes for anyone out there riding a stolen bike, IMO. You may be fast, but youll never escape the fact that your bike is stolen. Fact.
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    YEP. Suspect #1 AND Suspect #2..

    Said people were acting pretty shady when a group of us rolled up and down their street after this all happened. Cops tried to get some of them for questioning, because of course they always return to the scene of the crime, but without probable cause, nothing can be done.

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    My worst nightmare. I worry about mine being stolen all the time. Im really sorry for you. Good job posting pics. I dont know you, but your bikes are saved in my memory, and I will keep an eye out. What sizes are they?They look like Med or large to me.

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    Makes me angry to hear about this - I usually run trails in Toro/Ord every other day - I thought this was going to be a parking lot incident. It sounds like the culprit definitely has a certain familiarity with the place/house and people. - Probably someone who isn't working/ busting their as-es for a living.... Is everyone you help out local to the neighborhoods there? The Toro Park area neighborhoods seem pretty stable. Workers who do local house maintenance don't usually break into homes - the neighborhood is their customer(s)/clients. I second the suggestion that it is someone under 25, probably not working much (if at all), and you have seen this person on more than one occasion - just a guess..... hope you nail the bastard. - Gus

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    Do you have home owners or renters insurance?

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    THANKS MTBR peep's for keeping your eye's out for my bro TWM's rides.

    - They are both Medium size bikes.

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    I been checking for both of our bikes. I'll be sure to message you if I see anything, or help in anyway I can to bring back your babies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suggg View Post
    Makes me angry to hear about this - I usually run trails in Toro/Ord every other day - I thought this was going to be a parking lot incident. It sounds like the culprit definitely has a certain familiarity with the place/house and people. - Probably someone who isn't working/ busting their as-es for a living.... Is everyone you help out local to the neighborhoods there? The Toro Park area neighborhoods seem pretty stable. Workers who do local house maintenance don't usually break into homes - the neighborhood is their customer(s)/clients. I second the suggestion that it is someone under 25, probably not working much (if at all), and you have seen this person on more than one occasion - just a guess..... hope you nail the bastard. - Gus
    Precisely- Urchins.

    Word in the neighborhood last night is that another house was hit yesterday, and the RV storage was also hit, taking only items that were easy to grab and coulb be carried away quickly. Obviously a string of burglaries happening in my hood right now, and I am determined to do all I can to see that these guys are caught no matter what I have to endure.

    They stole my bikes, but they also violated my home and peace of mind and that's the hard part. It's comforting knowing there is a huge group of people that hate theives a lot, but want to kill thieves that steal bikes! Again, I appreciate all the MTBR community has been doing in spreading the word.

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    I was going to guess neighborhood kids, or shady friends of neighborhood kids, and I see from previous comments that is on the radar. Other thefts in the neighborhood would also seem to fit with that.

    With the additional thefts, it would be good to know what else got stolen, if you don't already. If some of that turns up at a flea market or on Craig's list, that might point to the thieves. I'm also wondering if the cops on the case have talked to local school resource officers, and if any of the thefts happened during school hours, who might have been absent that day.

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    Hope you get your bikes back and the bad guy/guys get busted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HarryCallahan View Post
    I was going to guess neighborhood kids, or shady friends of neighborhood kids, and I see from previous comments that is on the radar. Other thefts in the neighborhood would also seem to fit with that.

    With the additional thefts, it would be good to know what else got stolen, if you don't already. If some of that turns up at a flea market or on Craig's list, that might point to the thieves. I'm also wondering if the cops on the case have talked to local school resource officers, and if any of the thefts happened during school hours, who might have been absent that day.
    The kids would have to be in school for that to happen. These kids in particular are all older than 18. And by all means know that this is just my suspicion, I have no proof these are actually THE guys.
    However, I like to imagine what lowlife losers would do to perpetuate their exisitence as non working urchins and try to think like them. I think "how would I get rid of 2 well known bikes in a hurry? Where would I sell a bike like these?" I know my bikes are sitting in some garage, room, closet or somewhere near me. After going over it, and over it in my head again and again I realize that my best chances of recovering my property is to stay vigilant.
    I'd like to share more details on how I plan to get my stuff back, but in the case these guys are monitoring MTBR, watching my posts, I'll decline that info.

    If they are reading this then they know that me, and every person I know (and people I don't know) are looking for them. And when I do get my bikes back, I will make it a point to hook 'em to the horse, and drag their asses through town. A few times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    The kids would have to be in school for that to happen. These kids in particular are all older than 18. And by all means know that this is just my suspicion, I have no proof these are actually THE guys.
    However, I like to imagine what lowlife losers would do to perpetuate their exisitence as non working urchins and try to think like them. I think "how would I get rid of 2 well known bikes in a hurry? Where would I sell a bike like these?" I know my bikes are sitting in some garage, room, closet or somewhere near me. After going over it, and over it in my head again and again I realize that my best chances of recovering my property is to stay vigilant.
    I'd like to share more details on how I plan to get my stuff back, but in the case these guys are monitoring MTBR, watching my posts, I'll decline that info.

    If they are reading this then they know that me, and every person I know (and people I don't know) are looking for them. And when I do get my bikes back, I will make it a point to hook 'em to the horse, and drag their asses through town. A few times.
    It might be worth paying a visit to a few pawn shops in Salinas. You might even consider checking the Flea Market up here in SC, although the cops have been cracking down on the stolen bikes going out of there quite a bit lately.

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    I could only hope the cops crack down on stolen bikes, Carl!

    And hey- I know a lot of people on MTBR have plenty of other choices in what thread they can subscribe to, and I appreciate everyone that has replied to mine, I need all the help I can get! All these ideas and suggestions are as good as gold... You bet I'm trying them all-

    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    I could only hope the cops crack down on stolen bikes, Carl!
    Santa Cruz has become such a stolen bikes hotspot that they've finally actually started to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    Thanks, Carl. Frankly, everyone in the hood knows me as "the guy that fixes bikes and has a lot of bikes". Now, everyone in the hood knows I got ripped off. I feel even more used since when I do fix people's bikes, I don't charge for sh*t like cables, I will patch tubes, I'll true your POS wheel etc. I work mainly for beer and conversation, I buy my supplies like my cables like every other schmo from the LBS.. I'm just a bike guy, people know that. A LOT of people know that. I do ride from my house, am actively involved with the MTB community locally, offer up countless hours of trail work, and take pride in our little neighborhood. When we talk about "someone I know", it's a vague term since my little garage really is Toro Park's pseudo "bike shop" yet, it's just my garage.
    Funny (as in peculiar) how just moments after I discovered I'd been robbed, I had about 20 people, including the cops, in my yard within minutes, offering assistance and believe that they are also looking for what belongs to me. Word of mouth spread that quickly, and I'm hopeful someone helps me, and I get my bikes back. I want the guys that jacked me to know that they are not true mountain bikers ever, and same goes for anyone out there riding a stolen bike, IMO. You may be fast, but youll never escape the fact that your bike is stolen. Fact.

    First off....really sorry to hear this. No worse feeling.

    That said, if I'm understanding your post correctly....you have lots of strangers come to your house/open garage? I applaud that you're open, trusting, and willing to help out fellow cyclists. At the same time, thats a very tasty carrot you dangle for people not as honorable as you.

    I hope good karma comes back your way though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    The kids would have to be in school for that to happen. These kids in particular are all older than 18. ...
    gotcha.

    This is a bit more of a stretch, but are there kids in the neighborhood who seem OK, but have some not so OK friends? We had some stuff go missing way back when I was in high school; my brother talked to one particular neighbor about some of the guys that were trying to impress her, and whaada ya know? The missing surf gear mysteriously returns...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    First off....really sorry to hear this. No worse feeling.

    That said, if I'm understanding your post correctly....you have lots of strangers come to your house/open garage? I applaud that you're open, trusting, and willing to help out fellow cyclists. At the same time, thats a very tasty carrot you dangle for people not as honorable as you.

    I hope good karma comes back your way though.
    Tasty carrot indeed. However, I am not losing sleep at night for working on random peoples bikes, because I know everyone I do help. It's the peripherals, the dudes sitting in my area smoking weed in their car. The ones I've called the cops on 1000 times, that are peeking in.
    I love my hood, but living in Toro Park is like living on an island, you know everyone, and everyone knows you, even the shady ones that you care not to assosciate with. My bad for making it sound like I'm some random asking "why me".

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    twowheelmotion, can't tell you how sorry I am to hear that your bikes were stolen. Will also keep an eye for them, and I hope somehow you get them back.
    I chain my bikes to each other in my garage and I thought I was safe. Looks like I need to consider an insurance just in case...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    Tasty carrot indeed. However, I am not losing sleep at night for working on random peoples bikes, because I know everyone I do help. It's the peripherals, the dudes sitting in my area smoking weed in their car. The ones I've called the cops on 1000 times, that are peeking in.
    I love my hood, but living in Toro Park is like living on an island, you know everyone, and everyone knows you, even the shady ones that you care not to assosciate with. My bad for making it sound like I'm some random asking "why me".

    I didn't think that, I was just tryin' to get a feel for how this came about. Sucks for sure.
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    Bay Area Bicycle Theft Victims Band Together, Find Stolen Rides CBS San Francisco

    Here's a video linked from the Marin County Bicycle Coalition you may find very interesting. If your bikes are not recovered, may they ride the thief straight into a tree and a patch of poison oak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy View Post
    I didn't think that, I was just tryin' to get a feel for how this came about. Sucks for sure.
    No worries! I'll take any advice I can get at this point, so bring it if you got it!

    thanks!

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    Re: Stolen from Toro Park... Utterly heartbroken.

    Hey twm

    Really sorry that this happened, but, just curious, why does your original post say you lost an epic, an enduro, AND a giant anthem:

    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post

    Here's what they got away with-

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    TWM
    But in this post, the included pic has text at the top which says "they stole nothing except the enduro and epic"

    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    I'm really appreciating the MTBR peeps right about now! Thanks to you all for all the help and kind words.. Such as DIE THIEVES and what-not.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Stolen from Toro Park... Utterly heartbroken.-uploadfromtaptalk1361467104605.jpg  


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    Quote Originally Posted by ddprocter View Post
    Hey twm

    Really sorry that this happened, but, just curious, why does your original post say you lost an epic, an enduro, AND a giant anthem:



    But in this post, the included pic has text at the top which says "they stole nothing except the enduro and epic"
    Yep. That's correct and is an excellent question. There is no conspiracy theory, nothing fishy. The Anthem belongs to my roommate, and decided he wanted to handle that his way. Not everyone feels mtbr is the best way to recover a bike like I do. Fact is, his bike was also stolen from my/our garage, but if he wants to proceed in his own way, I will respect that and worry about my own property, which I did here. We have both been in the bike industry practically our whole lives, so I don't ever question what he does.. If he does not want pics of his stuff on the web, and does not care like I do, then great. To him, it was one of 5+ bikes he owns and paid a fraction of what I did for my bikes. Me personally, I lost 5x the amount of worth in my bikes as he did, so.. ain't nobody got time for that-

    To each their own.. But yeah, his is still out there too, just saying. I will let him post his own pics if he wants. No, I'm not bitter, it just is what it is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twowheelmotion View Post
    Tasty carrot indeed. However, I am not losing sleep at night for working on random peoples bikes, because I know everyone I do help. It's the peripherals, the dudes sitting in my area smoking weed in their car. The ones I've called the cops on 1000 times, that are peeking in.
    I love my hood, but living in Toro Park is like living on an island, you know everyone, and everyone knows you, even the shady ones that you care not to assosciate with. My bad for making it sound like I'm some random asking "why me".
    Sorry for your loss. It's almost like loosing a dog/pet isn't it??

    Just curious, where the bike locked to a beam or wall in the garage?
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    I dont know if this is much help, but you can check the local flea market. I just went there hoping to find any of my bikes but there was no luck. However, I did see a very nice looking road bike, it had a carbon frame and and carbon zip wheels (sorry I dont know much about road bikes). Some guy paid the seller straight cash for it. The seller didnt really seem the roadie type, he also had some fixies laying around, and a mix of bike parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ziscwg View Post
    Sorry for your loss. It's almost like loosing a dog/pet isn't it??

    Just curious, where the bike locked to a beam or wall in the garage?
    Almost yes, but bikes are in fact cold, dead things that don't need food, water or shelter to survive. A little love, yes, but bikes are not living things to me. Now, seeing my blinds sway in the wind knowing my bike went out that door, and that I stood right where the culprit was just moments ago was what got my blood boiling.

    The cable however, was one bought for the family shop years ago and had kept many a bike safe out on the sidewalk for a long time. Industry standard 1/2" x 20' steel wound, plastic jacket which was fastened to a lag eye and bolted to the concrete.

    I was prepared, for theft and what I had wasnt good enough. Getting robbed was always in the back of my mind. Though writng this really makes me angry just thinking about being ripped off, and that this took place in my own home, just telling the story, again and again is what sucks most.

    Just saying. There is no place better fro me to be spreading the word than here. Not the cops, the insurance companies, my neighbors, friends or even my family understand what it is to be a cyclist, a mountain biker.. Sometimes I wonder if a large percentage of the general population even know what the word "passion" means.. So thanks everyone for helping me however you can.

    Definitely THANK YOU again for not flaming me because my posts on this thread are often times a bit confusing. I know it's frustrating I'm not as detailed in my descriptions as some other users are.

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