Amanda Needham lives on Clinton Street in Caroll Gardens, New York; she just bought a bike and didn't even have it for one day before it was stolen from outside her home. So she decided to make a sign to the thief in hopes of getting her bike returned.
“I figured a sign is a fun way to get people to at least see me and hear me,” she said. “And also maybe the thief would see it himself or herself and feel a little bad.”
The sign was up for a week, but while her original ride never came back, what happened next is something she said she would never forget.
“Two gentleman stopped by and gave me a kid’s mountain bike thinking I might be able to use it,” said Needham. “A young Hispanic woman gave me a huge hug. One guy named Steve paid me $200 for my sign cuz he saw that I needed that much for a bike.”
“I hope that more people do little acts of kindness that results in small moments for other people to feel good in our crazy world,” said Needham.
This event sparked a movement people are now calling “Karmacycle,” a chance to take something bad and make it good.
She posted a picture of her sign on Instagram, see below:
The Today Show aired a segment about Amanda's story this morning, see below:
Woman posts large sign in front of her home after her bike is stolen saying she needs it to get to work and can’t afford another one. Her sign sparked amazing acts of kindness #OrangeRoom pic.twitter.com/QJHbEFTw9R— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 19, 2018
Amanda with her new bike!