She thought her stolen bike was lost forever, but when Kayla Smith saw it listed in an ad on Craigslist, the Vancouver woman decided it was time to get it back.
“I called the guy up," she told The Globe and Mail. "Totally played super sweet, was like, ‘Hi, how are you? You know, I have the day off today, why don’t I come meet you?'”
They agreed to meet in a McDonald's parking lot, where Smith realized that it was the same bike she had left locked up at the Olympic Village on Aug. 21.
Unsure what to do next, Smith told CBC News she asked the seller if she could take the bike for a test ride around the parking lot. "And then I just got on it... and rode away."
She hid in the bushes until the man left, and then what she had done really hit her, she told News 1130. "It was ridiculous. I was like ‘Oh my God!’ I was doing booty shaking dances all over the parking lot.”
Though they are happy Smith has her property back, Vancouver police are strongly advising against members of the public taking the law into their own hands, noting that they could have handled the sting for Smith, without putting her personal safety at risk.