Discovering a sealed bag of contemporary hashish on the street would often be grounds for “finders keepers” and an impromptu smoke session. However for Seattle’s Chase Burns and his companion Mark Castillo, it was a possibility to resolve a thriller and assist a stranger who’d already had fairly the day.

Our story started in Seattle at roughly 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

As Castillo was strolling along with his bike to his workplace within the metropolis’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, he watched a motorbike messenger swerve to dodge a passing automobile. Within the near-miss, the messenger appeared to drop one thing to the curb. Arduous to say what it was. It was darkish. Castillo investigated.

Seems it was a sealed quarter-ounce bag of premium hashish flower.

What to do, what to do…

By the point Castillo collected the bag from the gutter, the bike messenger had sped away and out of sight. So he took the bag of treasure house to Burns.

Burns, the editor of Seattle’s different newspaper The Stranger, greeted his companion’s cargo with intrigue—as a result of Castillo doesn’t smoke.

“I walked out of the room and there was a giant bag of weed on the desk,” Burns later instructed Leafly. “I used to be like, When did you choose up weed?’”

When Burns realized in regards to the peculiar origins of the hashish, he initially thought of smoking it. Then he thought twice.

“I felt dangerous as a result of there’s rather a lot occurring [in the world], and I have already got weed, and it is a huge bag of weed,” Burns recalled. “I assumed I’d Tweet it, not likely pondering I might discover [the owner], after which I assumed I’d give it two days and if nobody responds in two days I’ll smoke it.”

Act II: The stolen bike

In the meantime, just a few miles away, Nick Panchot was recovering after spending many of the day looking for his bicycle.

It had been stolen earlier that afternoon outdoors of his companion’s home, whereas the 2 shared lunch and took the canine for a stroll.

“Inside 45 minutes of strolling the canine, somebody had come alongside and ripped out the ‘No Parking’ signal, slid it up by means of my U-lock and banged it towards the tree and took my bike,” he recalled.

Nick Panchot makes his residing as a motorbike messenger. So this theft wasn’t simply an inconvenience. It successfully put him out of a job.


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In his misery at having misplaced his fundamental technique of wage incomes, Panchot determined to place the phrase out in regards to the bike on social media. Then he headed out looking for it himself on his companion’s bike, however not earlier than stopping on the dispensary to get his favourite sativa pressure.

“I had determined, you recognize, it’s price [it to] put collectively one other bike with items that I’ve and my companion has, and [go] purchase some weed proper now,” mentioned Panchot. “I used to be like, I simply have to go purchase some weed to deal with this.”

It was on his method again house from the dispensary, as Panchot was driving his new makeshift bike over the Interstate 5 freeway overpass, {that a} swerving automobile virtually hit him and the quarter-ounce of Lemon Meringue fell out of his hoodie pocket.

Caught up within the seek for his pilfered bike, Panchot by no means even realized he’d misplaced his hashish.

A military of messengers scour town

Bike theft is much too frequent, and it’s maddening as a result of a motorbike can value as a lot as a used automobile however stolen vehicles are sometimes discovered and returned whereas bicycles often aren’t. Cops can’t or gained’t do a lot a few bike theft. The sleuthing is up to the owner. So Panchot started working.

“My pals had been on excessive alert, as had been different messengers within the metropolis who noticed posts I made on Instagram and Fb,” mentioned Panchot.

The hue-and-cry produced outcomes. Panchot’s pal noticed his stolen bike “in a location,” Panchot later recalled, “that bike thieves wish to take bikes that they steal.”

The thief had coated it up and hidden it with jackets. Panchot and two pals met as much as “negotiate” the return of the bike, “when my pal Justin, who was on his technique to meet us, apparently simply swooped in, grabbed my bike, and rode off with it.”

The rear wheel was broken barely within the rescue operation, however everybody made it out unscathed.


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All’s effectively that ends effectively—virtually.

On the way in which again to his companion’s condominium along with his recovered bike, Panchot obtained a message from a pal who’d seen Burns’ Twitter publish.

“My pal Cory, who owns a bicycle restore store, DM’ed me on Instagram saying, ‘Hey, was this your weed?’”

Intrigued, and unable to find the weed he thought he’d left at his companion’s home, Panchot messaged Burns on Twitter with the identify and pressure. Lo and behold:  It was his 7 grams of Lemon Meringue.

Reunited and it feels so good

Panchot arrived to choose up his weed round 9:30 that evening. “He confirmed up on the condominium and like ripped it open and gave me two enormous handfuls,” recalled Burns. “He actually likes that weed.”

Panchot undoubtedly does. He calls this explicit pressure, grown by Narrows in Tacoma, the right sativa: “Lid-droppingly stony, not in the least torpid, and tremendous successfully nervousness relieving.”

As a result of public nature of the mission, Burns was fast to report on Twitter that the stash been efficiently returned. At which level, many individuals chimed in with cheeky commentary, together with one Twitter follower who referred to as Burns’ effort “One of many biggest acts of heroism I’ve seen this 12 months.”

However, for Panchot, Burns is considerably of a non-ironic hero.

“It takes a real stoner to acknowledge simply how a lot th[is] means,” mentioned Panchot. “And at a time the place I figured I had simply misplaced my fundamental means of constructing an revenue and didn’t have a lot extra cash floating round to purchase herb — I used to be mind-blown.”

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Alexa Peters

Alexa Peters is a contract author who covers music, writing, journey, feminism, and self-help. Her work has appeared within the Washington Put up, Paste, the Seattle Occasions, Seattle Journal, and Amy Poehler’s Sensible Ladies.

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