UPDATE: Harrisburg veteran talks about unexpected support after ‘thanking’ thief on Craigslist
Since WPMT FOX43 aired the story on Wednesday about a Harrisburg man who posted on Craigslist, ‘thanking’ the thief who stole his bike, he says support has been pouring in.
“I didn’t think anybody would read it. It was 5:00 a.m. I was just venting, I didn’t think a single person would read it,” said Jake Ramsey.
You may have read his rant on Craigslist, the popular classifieds wesbite, which read in part: “To the man who stole my bike, thank you for stealing my bike as I chased you down second street. As a bicycle delivery driver from Jimmy Johns I don’t really need it. Nor do kids need to eat this month. My three-year old is looking a little chubby anyways. I also needed room in my apartment where the bike sat,” wrote Ramsey.
“It’s been a whirlwind. It has been just nonstop. I’ve gotten hundreds, maybe thousands at this point, emails, text messages, Facebook emails,” said Ramsey. Who has gotten offers of money, bikes, and even bike locks. “Two people dropped off bikes. A gentleman from the West Shore dropped off a mountain bike, and then a business owner dropped off a Trek, a brand new Trek, about 30 years newer than the bike I Was riding. It’s something, it’s surreal,” said Ramsey, who said he is beyond thankful for the gestures.
Just after 2 a.m. Wednesday morning Jake Ramsey was finishing his shift at Jimmy John’s on Second Street in Harrisburg. As he looked out the front window, something caught his eye.
Merely 12 hours after posting the message Jake said he has already received support from all over. “People have been emailing, calling and very supportive, offering their bicycles, offering money and really it’s overwhelming their support,” said Jake. Someone even dropped off a replacement bike. “A gentleman actually just dropped off a bike for me. He dropped it off for me this morning. He saw the Craigslist ad and said ‘I fix up bikes, and I can’t not give you this bike.’ Within hours people were offering to drop off bicycles,” said Jake, who vows to turn the experience into something positive. “If anybody donates any money I am going to use it as a fund for locks, and for anybody that wants a lock. The people around here are criminals of opportunity, if you leave something out even for a couple of seconds they will take it,” said Jake.
To see his ad on Craigslist click here