It was interesting to read the blog about the initial failure, and then the "comedy of errors" that seemed to constitute the remainder of the story. I can sympathize, to a point, but I have always had the confidence and determination to understand and fix anything that has failed. I've always had a good ability to analyze, troubleshoot, and fix almost anything of an electrical or mechanical nature, and my father was the same way. So I have rarely enlisted the help of auto mechanics, electricians, plumbers, or other professionals. And many times, when I have trusted my vehicle to a mechanic, I was astounded by their incompetence.
I would love to tackle a job like this. It is in my engineer's blood to seek out problems and find solutions. Sometimes I've had to learn new techniques and tools and do research to understand what I'm dealing with. But I look at such experiences as challenges and opportunities to learn and expand my skills and knowledge. "Things" have never posed an insurmountable problem for me.
But dealing with people, and emotions, are much more difficult for me. I see the world differently from those who get excited or sad or frustrated or angry, especially when it involves technology. So I have a hard time relating to the emotional content of the blog, and the series of bad decisions and incorrect assessments that were the product of very poor understanding of how things work (and break), on a very basic level.
I wish I were closer to San Diego, or able to visit there again. I've been there many times, and I have always stayed in Ocean Beach. I can't imagine that there are no competent mechanics who could determine the problem with this e-bike. It is almost certainly a mechanical problem, although after the electrical mishaps there are probably also problems in that area. I'm also surprised that there was no warranty. Even without an express warranty, there is generally an implied warranty on sales of this type that should allow some legal remedy.
Maybe what bothered me most was the "victim" attitude and the signs of clinical depression and lack of self-esteem. I have known other people who have expressed the idea that anything bad that has happened to them must be somebody's fault, and instead of addressing that issue, they adopt a defeatist attitude. It was especially noticeable where the E-bike owner expected failure, and was rewarded by having it happen.