Little acts of kindness — Local business owner helps resident replace his stolen bike

Outside The Randy Shop at 15 Bleecker St., Randy Rose, left, and Tyrell Adams display the bicycle and lock set Rose gave to Adams after Adams’s bike was stolen in front of the temporary Gloversville library on June 12. (The Leader-Herald/Eric Retzlaff)

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GLOVERSVILLE — Many deeds of kindness and generosity go unnoticed, but not today.

When Tyrell Adams of Gloversville left his bicycle outside the temporary city library at 34 W. Fulton St. on June 12, he expected it to be there because it was locked up.

“It was nowhere to be seen,” when he left the library an hour later, he said. “Someone had decided to cut my lock off and steal my bike.”

“I was not happy at all,” Adams said. Unlike most people, his only means of transportation is walking, bicycling or getting a ride.

Adams reported it to police, but he said there were no surveillance cameras outside the library.

His sister, Jasmine Adams, posted online on Fulton-Montgomery Virtual Garage Sale that her special-needs brother lost his bike to a thief and asked people to keep an eye out for it. It said her brother had saved up for a while to buy the bicycle.

Fortunately, Randy Rose, owner of The Randy Shop at 15 Bleecker St., saw the notice.

Rose has a buy, sell and trade/vape store, so he responded to the notice and gave Adams a refurbished bicycle from his shop and bought him the strongest lock and chain he could find at Walmart.

“I love my new bike,” said Adams. “Randy didn’t have to do any of that for me, and I very much appreciated it. I’ve never ever had anyone do anything like that for me.”

Rose, also of Gloversville, said he gave Adams the bike and lock set on June 14 “because I came from nothing.”

“I had to work my way up. People helped me along the way,” even including someone’s couch to sleep on, he said.

“I happened to have bikes here that would meet his needs.”

Rose has something in common with Adams in that both had to have surgeries. Adams said he had a rod put in his right thigh, while Rose’s ankle injury as a window and door deliveryman took him permanently out of the job. Four months ago, Rose opened the store.

Even though Adams said Rose and his store deserve credit for the good deed, Rose said he doesn’t expect recognition.

“The only thing I want in return is for the next person to do it for somebody else,” he said.

Adams wishes there were more surveillance on downtown streets to deter crime. Rose has such surveillance at his store.

But what Adams learned most is “even though there are very cruel people in Gloversville, there are really nice people like Randy Rose in Gloversville too.”

By Patricia Older

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