Bicycle thief interacts with kind owner who eventually lets him keep it (video)
A heartwarming video of a Thai woman confronting a bicycle thief has gone viral on social media, garnering nearly a million views. Posted by Tiktok user tai_1138, the clip shows the woman speaking to a man who had stolen her bicycle in a gentle and compassionate manner.
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In the video, she asks the thief where he got the bicycle from, to which he responds with vague answers such as “bought it” and “found it.” Upon learning that she is the rightful owner, the thief smiles sweetly and claims he thought she had abandoned the bicycle.
The woman, however, calmly explains that she did not abandon the bike, and that taking someone else’s property without permission is theft. She adds that the bicycle, which is worth several thousand baht, is a folding bike and her son has identified it as his own.
When asked if he would return the bike, the thief enquires if she would let him keep it or if she would take it back. He expresses his love for bicycles but denies being a thief. The man, referred to as “P,” maintains a cheerful demeanour and smiles throughout the conversation.
Eventually, the owner decides to generously give the bike to the man, asking him to take good care of it, as she looks at it every day. He gratefully accepts her offer.
Netizens have praised the woman for her gentle approach, kindness, and understanding in dealing with the situation. She explained that the man appeared cheerful because he may not be entirely well, sometimes talking to himself. Despite his unusual behaviour, she found him to be pleasant and well-mannered. The woman chose to avoid confrontation for fear of an argument, and prioritised resolving the situation amicably.
In the end, concerning her decision to give the bike away, she consulted her son, who left the decision to his mother.
The story has sparked a conversation about the importance of kindness and understanding in our increasingly connected world.
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