Story Sent in by Annie:
Carl was a biker. I was a biker. We met at a biking Meetup and often chatted. We also hung out after riding a few times and had a nice time together.
One time he showed up for a ride with a really girly basket attached to the front of his bike. I joked, "Did you lose a bet or something?"
He didn't find it funny. "I needed a basket and it was free."
"Why do you need a basket?"
We hung out again after the ride, went for a walk, and made out a little. Then he said he had to go run an errand and that he'd see me again next week.
At next week's ride, his basket had a lid. I asked him, "Okay, what is going on with your basket?"
He said, "Glad you asked. Open it and see."
I opened it. Inside was a gun.
I shut the basket and stepped away. "Jesus Christ! A gun? Why?"
He said, "In case someone tries to steal my bike. They're in for a surprise, that's all."
I asked, "As in if someone tried to steal your bike while you were... riding it? What if you lock it up outside somewhere and someone just opens the basket? Like a kid?"
"Then they'll know I mean business."
Nothing I said seemed to convince him that carrying a gun in his bike basket was a smart plan. So I hung out with him a lot less after that, and by a lot less, I mean not at all. I have no idea how things ever worked out (or didn't) with his bike theft deterrent.