Part and parcel of being a teenager is making really idiotic mistakes and attempting – often unsuccessfully – to learn from them.
One adolescent with a penchant for kids’ motorbikes, however, does seem to have learnt an important lesson.
Not only that, but they also seemed willing to pay for what they had done.
After her boyfriend’s children’s yellow motorbike went missing from where they’d had it locked up, Mel Flesher took to Facebook to ask for help locating it.
“Some loser stole our bike”
She explained how both she and her boyfriend had worked hard to get bike in good order so they could teach the kids how to ride it – and urged people to keep their eyes peeled.
Mel, from British Columbia, was understandably surprised when her post not only got seen by the culprits – but also prompted them to return it WITH a full tank and new bike lock.
They also included a very contrite note expressing how sorry they were in a gesture Mel has described as “awesome.”
“Well we should start by saying sorry for stealing your son’s bike.
“Although not an excuse, me and my friend figured it would belong to some teenager who had outgrown it.
“When we read your Facebook post we immediately knew we had to take it back to him. We’ve bought him a new, more secure lock as the previous one was already broken.
“The keys are in with the bike key. For the future, take the key inside with you.
“I know we aren’t really in a place to give advice, but the heartbreak your son must have felt upon discovering his bike missing should never be relived.
“We have filled the tank and topped up the oil for him. Again, we really are sorry for putting him through this.
“We wish you two the best in his journeys riding, and we hope you both can find it in your hearts to forgive us. Ride on, little man. You deserve it!”
The bandits then signed off the letter with, “Regretful teenagers who learnt their lesson via restorative justice.”
Taken aback by the note and gesture, Mel responded: “Thank you for doing the right thing! You sound like good kids! We forgive you and hope this taught you a lesson.”