Hello All! I will try to keep this short and sweet. Earlier this year Jeff and I were presented with an amazing business opportunity in providing a service to this community by offering OW rentals and services to those new and existing riders in San Antonio, Texas. As most of you know, we also manage the San Antonio Onewheel Group. Our passion runs deep for our local community and those out there in the wild. When we took this opportunity, we were facing some hardships as Covid had its claws in the workforce and personally, for me, finding full time work in my field was a challenge. After some thought, Jeff and I decided that chasing our passion was the path we wanted to follow. We deserved it but most importantly, introducing our city of San Antonio to the power of OW was most deserved.
Over the summer our business suffered some losses at the hands of one of our customers. I promise this story has a happy ending. I can’t get into much detail as it is still an open case, but we were finally given the ok to share this part of it with you and are soooo excited to do so.
In August, one of our customers went to lengths to steal three of our Onewheels. As you can all imagine, and some of you know what that feeling is like, it was heartbreaking. When something like this happens within a community you love it’s easy to throw your hands up and let it define you. I’m not going to lie, for weeks I didn’t think I could keep going and loss of trust I was developing was sad. All our savings went into our fleet and to be robbed of three OW’s, we felt defeated. Through the waves of emotions, I managed to pull it together and write the post you see attached. Please read that now…
Welcome back! Fast forward to the day after I made that post.
First thing in the morning I received a FB message from a guy named Ricardo. “Hi Thiana. I saw your post about the stolen Onewheels. I bought one not knowing it was stolen. I am at the police station on Prue turning it in.” Just like that, the act of 1 honorable person restored what we were losing. Faith. Being an admin of the San Antonio OW Group, which is a private group, I know Ricardo was not an active member on the group page. It turns out he really isn’t an active member on any social media. He just happened to log on that evening and came across our post! After conversating with him that morning, I learned that he paid $650 for our stolen Pint and that he was a graduate student who had saved for this to use on campus and like the rest of us to enjoy life and the therapy that wind heals us with.
No words could express what his actions meant to us! I immediately felt like the only way was to show him. I reached out to some of our members privately ( was still an ongoing investigation) letting them know the amazing news and that this individual was in our group. When I proposed the idea of starting a donation for him to get him a OW, without hesitation they all called out their offers. I shared my story at work and they too offered to donate too!
Since then, we have met Ricardo who is now in our group chat and very active! He hasn’t been able to come out for a group ride just yet as he has been working on his thesis which he successfully defended last week and set to graduate in December with a Master’s of Science in Biology! In the meantime, he is welcomed to our rentals at no cost. Because of his honesty, and his cooperation with the detectives, they were able to locate the thief who was still riding around on one our XR’s. Unfortunately, he ran and there is now a warrant out for his arrest. Guys, this is such an amazing story, and I could not wait to share it with you all. Ricardo didn’t have to turn this in. I mean he paid $650 of money he saved for this, but he did and because of that we got a board back, located the thief and he restored something in us that we were on the verge of giving up on. Ricardo, you the real MVP, dude!
Friends, please join me in showing some love to Ricardo, and if you are in a position to donate, please visit the link below to view the campaign and shirt I created. 100% of the proceeds will go to fund a new OW XR so Ricardo can continue his Onewheel journey.