Discovering a sealed bag of contemporary hashish on the highway would normally be grounds for “finders keepers” and an impromptu smoke session. However for Seattle’s Chase Burns and his associate Mark Castillo, it was a chance to unravel 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 motorcycle messenger swerve to dodge a passing automotive. Within the near-miss, the messenger appeared to drop one thing to the curb. Exhausting 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 residence to Burns.

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

“I walked out of the room and there was an enormous bag of weed on the desk,” Burns later advised Leafly. “I used to be like, When did you decide up weed?’”

When Burns realized concerning the peculiar origins of the hashish, he initially thought-about smoking it. Then he thought twice.

“I felt dangerous as a result of there’s so much occurring [in the world], and I have already got weed, and it is a massive bag of weed,” Burns recalled. “I assumed I’d Tweet it, probably not pondering I’d 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, a number of 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 associate’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 in opposition to the tree and took my bike,” he recalled.

Nick Panchot makes his dwelling as a motorcycle 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 concerning the bike on social media. Then he headed out looking for it himself on his associate’s bike, however not earlier than stopping on the dispensary to get his favourite sativa pressure.

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

It was on his approach again residence from the dispensary, as Panchot was using his new makeshift bike over the Interstate 5 freeway overpass, {that a} swerving automotive 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 the town

Bike theft is way too widespread, and it’s maddening as a result of a motorcycle can price as a lot as a used automotive however stolen vehicles are sometimes discovered and returned whereas bicycles normally aren’t. Cops can’t or gained’t do a lot a couple of bike theft. The sleuthing is up to the owner. So Panchot set to work.

“My mates have been on excessive alert, as have 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 good friend noticed his stolen bike “in a location,” Panchot later recalled, “that bike thieves prefer to take bikes that they steal.”

The thief had lined it up and hidden it with jackets. Panchot and two mates met as much as “negotiate” the return of the bike, “when my good friend Justin, who was on his solution 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 nicely that ends nicely—virtually.

On the way in which again to his associate’s condo along with his recovered bike, Panchot acquired a message from a good friend who’d seen Burns’ Twitter publish.

“My good friend 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 associate’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 night time. “He confirmed up on the condo and like ripped it open and gave me two large handfuls,” recalled Burns. “He actually likes that weed.”

Panchot positively does. He calls this specific pressure, grown by Narrows in Tacoma, the proper sativa: “Lid-droppingly stony, not in the slightest degree torpid, and tremendous successfully anxiousness 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 best acts of heroism I’ve seen this yr.”

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 creating 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 is a contract author who covers music, writing, journey, feminism, and self-help. Her work has appeared within the Washington Submit, Paste, the Seattle Instances, Seattle Journal, and Amy Poehler’s Good Ladies.

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