The bicycle seat of a Donut employee was stolen; the community buys him a car

HOUMA, Louisiana (AP) – A few days before Christmas, someone stole the seat of the bike a 26-year-old man used to commute to work in all kinds of weather. Community fundraising to replace the bicycle brought in quickly spread and residents of Houma gave Chris Bergeron his first car on Thursday, WWL-TV reported.

Bergeron works nights at Mr. Ronnie’s Famous Hot Donuts in Houma, more than 4 miles from his home. His bike seat was stolen while he was working on Monday.

Company co-owner Kellen Picou, who describes Bergeron as one of the best people he has ever hired, posted a hazy security video online, hoping to identify the thief.

“I don’t remember him calling for a sick person,” Picou said. “Whenever he was late, it was usually because of the weather.”

Colleen Chiasson saw Picou’s post and started fundraising for a new bike, but quickly changed her focus. “I just had this overwhelming feeling that I could do better, so I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to buy a car,'” she said.

In less than 24 hours, she had $ 6,000 – enough not just for a used car, but for a year of insurance.

“I’m still trying to figure out it’s mine,” Bergeron said Thursday afternoon.

Bergeron was walking to work when Picou hired him three years ago, then bought a bicycle.

“I pretty much had to walk and cycle everywhere, even from childhood, because my dad was always busy, my mom always worked,” Bergeron said. “I’m just used to it. “

The car will make life a lot easier, he said.

“It’s not going to be that hectic trying to find a way to come and go and if the weather is bad I don’t have to worry about that,” said Bergeron. “It’s really, really heartwarming and not at all what I expected.”

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