Buying stuff on Craigslist can be scarier than being forcibly twerked by Miley Cyrus on national television.
This is especially true if the person you have arranged to meet is selling something of yours that has been recently stolen.
But fear didn’t stop a plucky Vancouver woman from meeting an alleged thief and pedaling her stolen bike back home.
The Globe and Mail reports Kayla Smith took the law into her own hands after seeing her almost new bike for sale on Craigslist. She met the seller in a McDonald’s parking lot and asked for a test drive.
“Don’t ride away,” the seller said.
Though terrified, she hopped on her $1,000 bike and kept pedaling until she left “the dumbfounded seller in the dust.”
She jubilantly posted her story on Facebook and Reddit, but says she “got a lot of flack” for not letting police handle it.
Vancouver police say they are glad Smith got her bike back, but finding the seller and making criminal charges stick will now be more difficult.
Cyclists, however, say police don’t take bike thefts seriously and rarely recover anything stolen.
It shouldn’t be too hard for police to find the thief. Smith, a 33-year-old bartender who wants to one day be rich enough to travel the world and perform splits on bars, said the guy selling her bike had plenty more listed for sale. And several iPhones too.
Once she was home, she called him back up to “apologize for not sticking around to pay for the bike you [bleeping] stole from me!”
“It was amazing to get my bike back,” said Smith on Reddit. “For those of you [who] ripped me apart [on Facebook]; you can kiss my [bleep].”
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