Cycle ‘thief’ leaves behind brutal but brilliant message after ‘stealing’ bike

A Dublin cyclist has gone viral for leaving a brilliant message behind when they ‘stole’ a bike.

But they didn’t take any old bike – according to the note, they were simply reclaiming what was rightfully theirs.

Passers by in Smithfield were very amused by the handmade sign that was taped onto the railing, sharing photos of it on social media, reports Dublin Live.

The pictures quickly went viral on Twitter and Reddit as people revelled in the drama of the stolen bicycle.

The message, written in bright orange ink, reads: “If you looking for the grey bike – I stole it back – it was mine.

“Photos and serial number to prove!

“So long sucker! Ha ha loser!”

Many people applauded the person for recovering their bike and pointed out that ‘karma’ was clearly doing its thing.

One person shared a snap of the message, proclaiming: “Good morning to this sign in Smithfield and this sign only!”

Another said: “Nice one!”

A third commented: “The sweet taste of justice.”

However not everyone thought leaving the note was a good idea.

This is because it is currently unclear whether the person who had locked up the bike was the one who stole it, or whether they had later purchased it from the thief without knowing it had been stolen.

“S**t, I was gutted when my bike was stolen but I don’t know if I’d do this,” replied a different user. “Pretty sure bike robbers don’t lock up the bikes they steal, they sell them on. Maybe I WOULD, but wouldn’t put the ‘ha ha’.

“I think we are just endlessly recycling stolen bikes!”

A second added: “What if the person genuinely thought they were buying a bike from the owner? Now they’re left feeling the same. Should’ve waited till they came back for it.”