They can now be spotted in 20 states across the country, flocks of Bird electric scooters from the company that has been dubbed the "Uber of scooters."
In partnership with cities and universities the rideshare company has seen an explosion in business over the past few months, but with success came controversy.
After growing concerns over public safety and locals angry about scooters cluttering their neighborhoods Bird may have a whole new problem to deal with.
Michael Leppert, 51, was showering upstairs when a thief entered his Indianapolis home. Leppert heard the noise and yelled "hello?" When he went downstairs he saw the door was open and his backpack, wallet, and laptop were missing.
Leppert's neighbor told him she saw a delivery man talking on the phone in his backyard before riding away on a scooter.
When Leppert contacted police they said they weren't interested in the scooter, so he reached out to Bird.
To rent a Bird scooter users have to sign up for the app which requires personally identifiable information and keeps GPS data.
Bird asked Leppert for the time, location, and the direction which the thief left.
Unfortunately Bird couldn't help him get his property back. The company told Leppert they weren't able to give out customer information.
Though Bird did release a statement saying they were working with police.
We do not condone criminal behavior regardless of the mode of transportation that is used to commit the crime ... We are currently investigating the situation, and fully cooperating with local authorities during this process.
Although Leppert would like to get his stuff back he says he's more concerned about the future possibility of people using Bird scooters to commit crime.
"I’m hoping that they are interested enough to try to look into whether they can be helpful. I don’t know that they can, but I’d certainly think they have the technology to do it, so I hope they’re interested in helping.”
The story is not likely to dampen the growing popularity of the electric scooters in universities around the country.
But any further incidents and the polarizing service may soon face the same pressure for regulation or even outright banning that rideshares like Uber and Lyft have.
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