Bike Parking Citation Causes Student to Reevaluate Life

March 28, 2010 8:05 pm
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Bike Parking Citation Causes Student to Reevaluate Life

Dane Coleman ’10 is the first to admit that his bike parking etiquette was not exactly commendable. Before the citation, his bike could be found obstructing the walkways of the quad, locked to door handles, or even secured to the leg of a Rodin sculpture near the Cantor Arts Center.

But one day, that all changed. Last month, as Coleman returned to his bike, he noticed a small orange piece of paper wrapped around the body of his bike, informing him that his bike was parked in an obstructive manner. Although it is unclear how a non-monetary warning without any repercussions affected Coleman so strongly, the parking ticket, which Coleman refers to as the “salvation citation,” sparked a transformation. After the citation, Coleman not only amended his illegal parking habits, he also rededicated himself to Judaism and began volunteer work at a local animal shelter.

“After the salvation citation,” Coleman explained, “my entire life outlook changed. I go to services every week, I speak up in class, I even call my grandparents on a regular basis. I’ve realized the error of my ways.” Coleman continued, “Now I run five miles a day, donate all of my money to charity, and I’ve stopped masturbating.”

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