Bay Ridge

Do-gooder replaces pumpkin at site of serial smashing

October 21, 2019 Jaime DeJesus and Meaghan McGoldrick

As police continue to search for the man who smashed a pumpkin outside a Bay Ridge home, a good Samaritan — or “gourd Samaritan,” one could say — has replaced the destroyed orange carcass, leaving behind only a hand-written note.

The victim, who lives near 81st Street and Third Avenue, first took to social media on Oct. 16 to share footage of an unknown man picking up a pumpkin belonging to his 3-year-old granddaughter and throwing it on the ground.

The next day, the 68th Precinct shared images of the suspect, asking the community for help catching the pumpkin smasher (whom, the victim further alleges, has been caught on camera destroying at least one other pumpkin).

The same day police posted about the wrecked pumpkin, the victim took to social media again — this time to say that the pumpkin had been replaced by a kind neighbor who saw the first post.

A note with the pumpkin read, “I seen your post on Facebook. Some ppl can be very mean. I just wanted to spread some Bay Ridge Brooklyn love your way. We do have very nice ppl living here. I hope this pumpkin helps you forgive mean ppl. With love, Bay Ridge community.”

“This is why I love my neighborhood,” the victim wrote in a post about the surprise.

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