When Ste Burke from Liverpool in the United Kingdom was approached by three men and asked if he wanted to buy a bicycle that retails at £1300 ($1700) for just £80 ($100) he knew something was fishy about the situation. For one, the bike still had a lock attached to the back wheel.
Realizing the bike was stolen, Ste bought it anyway, but not for the reason you might be thinking.
Ste explained to Metro: "I had just come home from the gym and I was getting my gym bag out of the back of my car to go inside my home when I was approached by 3 men carrying the bike."
"That was my first red flag, then I saw the bike lock on the back of the wheel and he wanted to sell a £1350 bike for £100. I offered him the £80 and he took it."
But when the men had left, the 26-year-old immediately set about reuniting the bike with its owner.
He continued: "So as soon as they left I put it on Twitter because I knew it wouldn’t have been stolen far away as it was locked."
In a post on Twitter, Ste wrote: "Has anyone had their bike stolen? Just bought this for £80 and it’s got a bike lock on it. Apparently it’s from the Crosby area. Bought it so I can get it to back to the right owner. I know it’s a £1350 bike and id be heartbroken if it was me. Give us a shout."
Has anyone had their bike stolen? Just bought this for £80 and it’s got a bike lock on it. Apparently it’s from the Crosby area. Bought it so I can get it to back to the right owner. I know it’s a £1350 bike and id be heartbroken if it was me. Give us a shout 👍🏽 pic.twitter.com/uwb3iFwpx7— Ste Burke (@SteBurke44) January 20, 2020
The post quickly went viral, and Ste was contacted by a woman who knew the original owner. In further updates, Ste explained that the man brought the key to the lock and a receipt for the bike.
After saving up £1300 for the bike, it had been stolen when his house was broken into a few days prior. Unsurprisingly, the man was happy to get his bike back.
He’d saved up and spent £1250 on the bike last year. Said his house has been had off but he’s made up that he’s managed to get his bike back, so happy days. It’s in the right hands now 👍🏽— Ste Burke (@SteBurke44) January 20, 2020
Ste further explained to Metro: "He thanked me as his home was recently burgled and it’s a bit of good news for him through the hard time he’s going through."
And of course, Ste doesn't plan on getting his money back: "He told me he got paid on Friday and could he send me the money then and I said no. I told him I didn’t feel right taking money off a man who has just had his house burgled."
Twitter users were impressed by the random act of kindness, with one user writing: "Dude... what a kind thing to do... nice one... hope karma or whatever sends some good vibes your way."
While another added: "What a real nice and genuine person you are this is a great lesson to us all on how to be a good person."