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There are many fallouts from local shared bike company’s (OBike’s) withdrawal from the market. The one that seems to concern users is the inability to get a refund of their deposit when they first signed up.

I am not sympathetic to those users because the company offered to return the deposits last November. I know because I was also a user of those shared bikes, made a S$49 deposit, and got it back when I read the notice.

You would need to have been illiterate, blind, or deaf to miss that message. The offer was made six months ago and they have had all this time to get their money back.

Even more serious than the inability to read, see, or hear the news is an indifferent mindset. We have only ourselves to blame if the warning signs were there, but we chose to ignore them.

Something similar could be said of teachers and constant change. Rarely does a policy or practice sneak up on you. If you cooperate, collaborate, and communicate, you should sense the changes coming. You can then prepare for them by changing behaviours in advance.

We cannot expect our children and students to be have “growth mindsets” or to exhibit “grit” if we ourselves do not possess these traits and model them.

Values are more CAUGHT than they are TAUGHT.

Shared bicycles have been in the local news of late, but not always for good reason.

The current three providers of shared bikes here — mobike, obike, and ofo — face the same types of problems. Most of the problems stem from the inconsiderate behaviour of bike users.

The recent high profile cases included a teenager who threw a bike down a block of flats, a man who did the same, and a group that threw a bike into a canal.

These are probably not signs of an epidemic of reckless behaviour because they are exceptions, not the rule. However, the rule is just as upsetting. I have tried the bike services, and while the bikes are easy to find, I rarely find one that I can use immediately. I often find a damaged or vandalised bike first.

Damaged ofo shared bike.

The photo montage above is of one bike with a missing seat and broken brake cables. I have also seen padlocked drive chains, warped wheels, missing parts, loose fixtures, etc.

oBike app: Reporting damaged bikes.

The bike companies use mobile apps that allow users to make reports. I have lost count of the number I have submitted. I have also not heard from the companies by way of acknowledgement. Perhaps they are too busy collecting and repairing the bikes.

The damaging of shared bikes is an example of why we cannot have nice things. The bikes do not need to be dramatically damaged like being thrown off tall buildings or into monsoon drains. It is the small, every day things done by small, every day people that reflects our collective psyche that frustrates me.

This Singlish phrase sums up my feelings: Why liddat?

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