Community rallies around Publix employee whose E-bike was stolen

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – A Lee County man who has put in additional than 20 years working at a Bonita Springs Publix is now ride-less after somebody stole his solely strategy to get to work.

Daniel Smith, 40, is described by Publix employees as a “beloved worker.” He’s developmentally disabled and might’t drive to work. A number of years again, Smith’s mother and father bought him an E-Bike to assist him get to work and provides Daniel a way of freedom.

“After I first received it, it was nearly like having a automotive. It has a key and made me really feel like I had a automotive, I used to be very protecting of it,” Smith stated.

Friday, after his shift, he went to the Publix bike rack the place he at all times leaves his wheels, however they weren’t there.

“As I used to be strolling to get to the bike I discover nothing is there and I’m like, what? The place’s my bike?” stated Smith.

For the reason that theft, an outpouring of help from group members and colleagues have been flooding in. Smith stated he appreciates the donors’ efforts and it makes him really feel like his years at Publix and in the neighborhood are being appreciated.

“I do know they admire me and I by no means actually realized how a lot they admire me,” Smith stated.

Smith stated his mother and father are actually giving him rides to work, however he hopes to get his bike and his little slice of freedom again quickly. If you happen to’ve seen a inexperienced and black “Large Cat” motorized bicycle round city, contact the Lee County Sheriff’s Workplace.