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:
Amanda with her new bike!