After Amanda Needham’s bicycle was stolen she was annoyed. Not only was it something she paid $200 for, it was taken from the front of her home, but it was her mode of transportation to get to work.
She made a sign that she hoped the thief would see. A few days later she received a knock on her door and then another and another.
Amanda Needham rides a bicycle to get to work.
At the beginning of March, Needham’s bicycle was stolen right in front of her home in Brooklyn.
She wanted a way that her neighborhood and hopefully the thief to see that her bike had been stolen—there had also been similar incidents in her neighborhood.
Her solution was a hand-crafted eight-foot by three-foot cardboard sign and wrote a note in yellow paint to the thief.
“To the person who stole my bicycle, I hope you need it more than I do. It was $200 used, and I need it to get to work. I can’t afford another one. Next time, steal a hipster’s Peugeot. Or not steal! PS: Bring it back.”
Needham painted a cardboard sign and hung it outside her home.
Needham admitted she felt a little foolish after hanging the giant sign outside her brownstone, but wanted to leave it in place for a week to at least acknowledge the wrongdoing that took place.
Within a few days, someone knocked on her door.
She wanted the thief to see the sign and maybe feel a little guilty.
A few days after she put up her sign, two young men knocked on her door. One of them, who said he also had his bike stolen, was carrying a youth mountain bike and offered it to her.
“I was flustered by the offer and tried to deflect, saying I really appreciated it, but wasn’t sure if I’d be able to use it,” she wrote on her blog. “What was clear, however, was that it wasn’t about the bicycle, it was about their honest desire to help. I accepted, touched by the humanity of the gesture.”
Her husband suggested she take the sign down, but she left it up.
The following weekend a woman knocked on her door and although she didn’t have a bicycle to offer her, she did give Needham a hug and assured her she’d keep an eye out for a bike for her.
Moments after the woman left, an art dealer on his way to his studio approached her and offered her $200 for her cardboard sign, which had already survived a week on the streets of Brooklyn and a snowstorm.
“I laughed out loud and told him that if he indeed did that I would most definitely buy a new (used) bicycle with his money,” Needham wrote.
An art dealer paid $200 for her cardboard sign.
The strangers’ kindness inspired Needham to take the youth mountain bike she had received earlier in the week and take it to a local bike shop where she had it fixed, free of charge in exchange for helping the shop set up social media accounts.
Needham decided to donate the mountain bike and with the help of the shop owner, Joanne Nicolosi, the two are looking for someone who deserves what they’ve called the Karmacycle.
The “Karmacycle” will go to one lucky cyclist.
Nicolosi shared a photo of the bicycle on her shop’s Instagram page and has encouraged others to share why they or someone they know needs the bicycle. On March 31st, the Karmacycle will be given away.
Several people have left comments on the post saying they would gladly donate their own bicycle to the “Karmacycle” cause.