I left my bike at the train station one too many times and it decided to leave me--or more likely someone ELSE decided it should leave me and bike-napped it. The tires were mostly flat, too! Who steals a bike with flat tires? I went to the police station today, and although I was expecting them to say it was my tough luck for leaving it there over night (err, serveral nights, actuallly), the guy was in fact very nice. He was telling me I could perhaps claim it on insurance, and said, "even if you don't have your reciept anymore, if you know it was, what, say 500 francs?..." I volunteered it was more like 100. He almost couldn't believe I was reporting a $100 bike. :) And, he said normally the deductible (is that the right word?) on that insurance is 200 anyway. But, he said there is perhaps a 30 percent chance that it'll turn up, and I hope those flat tires made someone ditch it somewhere.
And if not...well...so goes the world.