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Hudson’s Bay Centre has pretty much been stealing people’s bikes

The pole in question. (Image: Lisa Ferguson)

The pole in question. (Image: Lisa Ferguson)

A communications consultant named Lisa Ferguson says she thought her bike had been stolen on Wednesday when she returned to the place she’d locked it up—a pole-mounted TTC sign, outside Hudson’s Bay Centre at Bloor and Yonge—only to find it missing. Except, it turns out the bike wasn’t stolen—not exactly. Ferguson’s bike was actually removed by a Hudson’s Bay Centre security guard, despite the fact that there’s no signage in the area to warn cyclists of that possibility, and also despite the fact that the pole is sitting on what appears to be public property. Ferguson recovered her bike from the building and wrote an outraged Facebook post that has since won the media to her side. A representative of Brookfield Office Properties, the Hudson’s Bay Centre’s owner, would tell the Star only that he’s “looking into the legality” of the bike-lock-cutting spree.