I would ask though, if it's not you job to find stolen art cars...what is it your job to do??
Our 'job' is not to be police. Our job is to not
expend our resources dealing with people who fail to take responsibility for their their own positive experiences on the playa. This includes taking into account that BRC - contrary to some people's perceptions - is not this autonomous zone where the world's ugly realities (like theft) are left at the gate upon entry to the event. Yeah, it sucks that theft happens. Yeah, it sucks that there are still clueless fucks that slur "nice tits" when you ride by on a bike. But just because you think it sucks that you have to lock up your bike when you ride it in a small town of 30,000 people doesn't mean that the Rangers or anyone else are beholden to mopping up after your failure to act according to these ugly truths.
Why are you there? To put out fires?
To settle domestic disputes among people caping near each other?
To make sure that no one fucks with the man?
If you figure that on average there are maybe - maybe - 30 Rangers on any given shift throughout the day that comes out to 1 ranger for every thousand people. At any time we're dealing with injuries (1200+ this year), people in severly altered states, dehydration, rampant speeding of vehicles, drunken disturbances that may (or may not) end up in physical altercations, people capturing images of naked folks for whatever reasons, camp disturbances, structural failures, domestic disturbances, boundary issues of camps involving scores of pissed off people, assault, nut cases, plane crashes, gate crashers, lost participants, dosing, excessive noise complaints, ambulance and air evacuations.
Now, I'd ask you, in the Great Playa Scheme of Things how much time, effort and committment of our resources do you realistically
expect us to provide not only to you but to the other 10, 15, 20 people who come in every shift complaining that their bike or art car has been stolen because they failed to lock the damn thing up?
Maybe you'll start to get an idea. Maybe you won't. What I know is that as a volunteer for the Rangers I give of my available time to assist the greatest number of people in a way that enriches the experience for the greatest number of people. That's not a hard and fast rule by any means. The formula - the calculus - for that is a very personal one for each person who coughs up anywhere from 8 to 40+ hours of their playa time to volunteer in what's often a thankless job. Unfortunately you don't find much sympathy on the part of most Rangers when you're 'emergency' - your inconvienience - is something that came about because you
failed to take responsibility for your