Set to Benny Hill's theme song, "Yakety Sax," footage of a would-be thief went viral after it was posted to YouTube by Woodinville Bicycle.
A would-be thief tried and tried and tried to unhook a donated bicycle outside Woodinville Bicycle last week — but he just couldn’t get the job done.
Thankfully for YouTube viewers, his exploits were caught on camera.
The shop’s manager, Peter Clancy, said on Wednesday the footage was so absurd it deserved to be shared with the world. So he had a friend edit the footage, add the Benny Hill theme song, “Yakety Sax,” and upload it to YouTube. The video has garnered more than 100,000 views as of Wednesday afternoon.
“It seems to be universally liked by everybody,” said Clancy, 44. “My daughter’s 5, and she looked at it and put her hand on her forehead and said, “What a doofus.”
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After a short intro, the video cuts to a man in a University of Washington coat scoping out the bicycle hanging overhead. First, he used a stool to try to dislodge the bike. Then he tried propping a wooden bicycle rack against the shop and climbed it to get some leverage. But he slipped while hanging onto the bike’s fender and went for a swing. After a few more minutes, a police officer can be seen pulling up to the shop.
Sgt. Cindi West of the King County Sheriff’s Office said a 21-year-old man was arrested after a deputy on patrol saw him about 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 30. As seen in the video, the suspect ran, then was arrested in a nearby cemetery and booked into jail on suspicion of attempted theft, she said.
West said the man did not explain what he was trying to do, but that authorities were familiar with him.
Clancy said the bike hanging from the storefront canopy was donated and set to be picked up that morning by the Village Bicycle Project, a nonprofit that collects used bikes, fixes them up or scraps them for parts, then takes them to Africa in hopes to help lift people out of poverty.
He said the donated bicycles are kept outside because of limited space in the shop.
For future reference, Clancy said, the shop does from time to time “help someone on hard times” get a reliable form of transportation — you just have to ask.