A Chef Had His Bike Stolen During A Shift. A Stranger Replaced It

June 12, 2021

An appeal by a restaurant in England led to a business owner replacing — and upgrading — a chef's stolen bike.

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Daniel Selcraig with Liam Sidaway

During a shift at Apple Cart in Peterborough, chef Liam Sidaway had his bike stolen. It was his only mode of transportion.

"My bike had unfortunately been stolen whilst on shift, and I used it to get around and to and from work. It caused a big reaction around the local community when posted on social media," Sidaway told the Peterborough Telegraph.

When Daniel Selcraig saw the post on Facebook he was reminded of his own bike theft when he was starting out.

"When I was younger and working at my first job I saved up hundreds of pounds to buy a brand new bike. Within two weeks of getting it, I left work to find my lock cut on the floor and the bike gone," Selcraig said.

"This was so upsetting and to this day I can still remember the awful feeling of seeing it had gone. When I heard about Liam's story I knew I couldn't ignore it and knew that something had to be done for him."

Selcraig, who owns Elite Lawn Maintenance, ordered a better model of the bike that was stolen and dropped it off at the pub for Sidaway.

"We are just a small family run lawn care business who on this occasion could afford to help someone in a terrible situation out," said Selcraig. "If we can, we will always help our local community as they have been so supportive with our business adventure since we started in 2019."

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