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A Toronto man whose bike was stolen late last month stole it back, teaching the thief a lesson in the process.
Three days after the bike was stolen, a friend of the victim spotted it locked up on a city street.
Another friend who happened to be a bike mechanic then put a spare lock on the bike and removed the seat to keep the thief from picking it up.
The next day, the owner and two friends removed the spare lock and cut away the thief's lock, leaving a cardboard cutout in its place.
They also left a note that read:
"Dear Bike Thief, You rascal! You took my bike earlier this week but forgot to tell me where you'd leave it! It took a stroke of great luck that my friend, who's also my bike mechanic, happened to spot it right here! Isn't that crazy?
"Anyway, I kinda need my bike so I'm taking it back. Please accept this substitute until you can afford your own. Cheers!'
'P.S. The bike right here has the exact same, brand new U-lock you put on my bike. Did you steal that one too?'
The story received hundreds of positive comments online.
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