“I don’t have a car or license right now, so this bike is my only means of transportation,” Harley Belcher said. “I use the trailer (hooked to the bike) to take my daughter to the park, or to go into town and to get groceries — that’s how I provide for my family,” said the father of a 2-year-old daughter, Kensly. Belcher purchased his original bike from neighbor Jeff Sonner.
With just recently landing a job as a nighttime stocker for Walmart — about a two-mile distance from the 20-year-old’s home — Belcher admitted locking his bike wasn’t his top priority.
“I work at 2 o’clock in the morning when there’s way less traffic in the store, so I didn’t really think I’d have to lock my bike up.” He would soon find out that perhaps, maybe, he should have when he went to go on a lunch break.
“When I saw that it (his bicycle) was gone, I was devastated.”
Belcher then told his manager what happened, and within 24 hours the department head and some co-workers pitched in enough money to not only purchase him a new bike — with a lock, but also a trailer, plus a $100 gift card.
“I was just in shock, and honestly I still kind of am ... That they did that for me,” Belcher said.
To add an even more shocking element to the situation, Belcher had only been working at Walmart for two days.
“And I have no idea who any of them even are ... No idea,” Belcher said of the compassionate employees who did this for him. “But I’m going to find out and tell them how much I appreciate what they did for me.”
Despite being moved by the act by his altruistic co-workers, Belcher won’t be forgetting what can happen when he’s clocked in and busy at work. “I mean, I learned my lesson,” he said lastly.
As for his old bike, a suspect was caught by the police, having active warrants for his arrest in Mansfield.