ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- It’s one of those rare happy endings. Last Sunday we told you about a man who had his bike sold by Savers Thrift Store while he shopped there. Now he’s back on the road, thanks to a man who heard his plea.
“I was so happy I was jumping up and down, I was gonna make a hole in the ground you know, like a kid on Christmas”, said Peter Serianni.
KRQE News 13 first introduced you to Serianni last week, when he was feeling a bit less happy. He contacted the station in hopes of getting his vintage bicycle back. He lost it after asking a Savers clerk to watch it while he shopped there. When he returned the store had sold it.
He thought it was gone for good. But then that story aired and his pleas were hard to ignore.
“The guy that [saw] the story, he didn’t really enjoy giving the bike back up and I don’t blame him,” Serianni said. “You pay $5 for a bike, now it’s all over the news.”
Serianni says Saturday he and the reluctant man decided to meet at Savers and he got much more than just his bike back.
“That guy restored my faith in humanity”, said Serianni.
He says even Savers did their part to make it right. Before he got the bike back they had offered to pay him the $1500 he estimated it was worth. He says he still expects to get that money.
The man who returned the bike got something too. Serianni had planned on giving him a reward but he says Savers took care of that by giving him a big chunk of store credit.
In the end Serianni says he will return to Savers, but he did learn a valuable lesson.
“Don’t bring your bike or your mother in law to Savers and leave them there too long, or they will get sold out from under you,” Serianni said.
The bike is Serianni’s main mode of transportation. He says the first thing he did when he got it back was take it for a nice, long spin.