Battle Creek pizza parlor helps employee get new bike after theft

Posted at 3:45 PM, Sep 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-17 15:45:53-04

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - A Battle Creek pizza parlor is getting some extra attention after going the extra mile for helping out one of their employees.

Jacob Ehart is autistic and got a job at the Battle Creek Pizza Department last month. Last Friday evening, Jacob decided to treat himself to a movie after receiving his first full paycheck, so he rode his bike to the Lakeview Square Mall.

When he came out of the mall, he found that someone had cut the lock and stolen his bike.

Wednesday afternoon, the managers at B.C.P.D presented Jacob with a new bike that was purchased with the help of Team Active Cycling and Fitness.

"I realized I need to get this kid a bike because he's an amazing kid and Jacob isn't Jacob without his bike," said Steven Smead, Jacob's manager at B.C.P.D.

The shop wasn't looking for the publicity, but they hope that this story will trigger something with other business owners to look to hire people with special needs.

"There isn't often a time you meet people that are so kind and reach out and really make a difference in the community," said Tina Bravata, Jacob's employment coordinator.