Facebook Helps "Can Man" Get Stolen Bike Back

Posted at: 01/08/2013 10:50 PM
By: Betsy Singer

(ABC 6 News) -- When people pull senseless pranks it can sometimes do more than they expect. Like when kids do something they think is funny, it can end up being down right mean.

This is a story of what happens when people turn to Facebook as a way of helping out a neighbor, and in this case it has a happy ending.

We use it to reconnect, stay connected and let's be honest, to snoop on other people.  Like it or not, Facebook is a powerful medium, and now we've learned this social networking tool is behind something very, very good.

It's really nice that the city of Austin would look out for him and that Austin is still that kind of town, said Maria Diaz, Paul's Friend.

77-year-old, Paul Lenoch is affectionately known as the "Can Man."  He collects aluminum cans a means of extra income to supplement his social security. So when his good friend Maria Diaz heard that Paul's only mode of transportation went missing she went on her Facebook page and put out a plea.

"There were 134 people who shared your story and hundreds more liked it. Everyone was talking about it for two days and it was one of the Facebook people who said she saw it at the library and then two other people ran down to find it and it was there," said Diaz.

Paul has a limited income and what he does with his money may or may not surprise you. This Christmas he bought poinsettias for people around town, and this Valentine's Day, Maria and some other special ladies will probably be getting an extra thank you for helping him find his bike.