YOU MAY ONLY PICK LOCKS THAT YOU OWN, OR THOSE TO WHICH YOU'VE BEEN GIVEN EXPRESS PERMISSION TO PICK BY THE RIGHTFUL OWNER
But how does this rule apply to locks in the wild SPECIFICALLY those that have been abandoned on bike racks, random fences etc. Because the rightful owner of said lock has abandoned it does it therefore become free for all or does it then come under the ownership of the property it is on? Time and time again i see locks that have been abandoned and left to rust and as a picker (always eager for more locks) it annoys the hell out of me to just see it sitting there. Do we as pickers then have a right to approach the owner of whatever property the lock might be on and ask if they would like it to be removed?
I know this tip toes on the borderline of ethical picking but these questions have been bugging me and id be interested to know everybodys opinion and if you may have run into similar situations.
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