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Nextdoor and the Case of the Stolen Laundry

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Written by Anne Dreshfield

If you were to lose your entire wardrobe, what would you do? Gleefully head to the store for brand new looks, or shed a few tears?

When this happened to neighbors in the Bay Area, Michelle and Gary did neither of those things – instead, they headed to their Nextdoor website for help.

“Our car was broken into while my husband ran to do one last errand,” says Michelle. “He was on his way to the laundromat, and the thieves smashed the window of our car and stole our suitcase – which was full of all of our dirty laundry!”

While the couple was glad that no one was hurt, they were saddened by the loss of the majority of their clothes, which Michelle described as their favorite jeans, shirts, and sweaters.

“I figured the thieves were going to dump the clothes once they realized there was nothing of value in the suitcase,” Michelle says. “But trying to figure out where to look seemed like trying to find a needle in a haystack. That’s when I thought about Nextdoor.”

Michelle posted to Nextdoor, asking her neighbors to keep an eye out for the clothes, but not holding out much hope.

Within a few hours a neighbor responded, saying she’d seen something similar to what Michelle had described, giving her the exact location of where she’d spotted the stolen goods.

Sure enough, Michelle and Gary found their suitcase and the majority of their clothes just a few miles away from their home. Thrilled, Michelle posted again on Nextdoor, thanking the entire neighborhood for being willing to help.

As Michelle says, “we all need more stories with happy endings!” We couldn’t agree more.

Have your own story about how you’ve used Nextdoor? Tell us about it.

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