Over this past week, a story has echoed beyond the mountain tops and reached heights beyond belief. A tale of “vigilante justice” (termed by CBC news) stems from the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. As Kayla Smith, a local bartender from Vancouver was enjoying a night out with her friends at the Pacific National Exhibition (PNE), her bike was being stolen. Kayla did as most do and locked it securely to a bike rack. Let’s face it, that’s why those racks are setup across the city. Upon returning to the bike rack, Kayla was tragically faced with a “Dude, Where’s my car” moment. As her anger and disappointment grew into sadness, Kayla returned home to share her discontent all over Facebook.
Luckily, a friend responded to Kayla’s post with a Craigslist post that matched the recently taken bike. Kayla was pleased to see that a bike that matched hers was not only reduced in price from the original $1000 value to $300, but was also being sold close to the site at which it was taken. With her bravest foot forward, Kayla made her way to a local McDonald’s parking lot, met the “bike-burglar” and asked to take the bike for a spin. Once on the bike, Kayla kept on going, leaving the “seller” behind with nothing but a frown and taste of justice in his mouth. How’s that for a happy meal?
After retrieving her bike from the “bike-burglar,” Kayla returned home to inform her friends that justice had been served. The tale of the Craigslist Crook had come to an end, or so it seemed. Kayla’s story then hit the information highway like a virus on steroids.
The story landed on Reddit and became an instant sensation. Since that time, local blogs (like this one), have posted the story in hopes of bringing some light to the often dreary headlines. Internationally known sites such as Huffington Post, NY Daily News and Gawker catapulted this story from the information highway to the newsroom. Kayla’s story has since been told by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.) evening news and is expected to be making the “circuit” in days to come. Kayla will be appearing on CTV news, Global news and NBC’s Today Show. Following all the daytime shows, we hope Kayla makes it to shows like The Ellen Show, Marylin Denis, The View, The Social and other platforms that help empower women from scenes of bullying, inequality and sexism. It’s our hope that this tale of social media justice continues to bring good to our “real” world of theft, crime, and helps put crooks in their place. Be forewarned “bike-burglars,” the Facebook-Tweeting nation is watching.
Bike story images used from Imgur
Since this story was written, I’ve notice a pledge started on Twitter to get @VanCityKayla to appear on @TheEllenShow as this would be her dream come true. Here’s how you can help Kayla get her wish: