Story Archive

Grand Theft Wheelchair

Brantly Poling, a 3-year-old boy with spina bifida, uses a wheelchair that he affectionately calls “Buckle” to get around. “It’s his way of doing everyday toddler things,” says Brantly’s mother, Brooke Poling. “He can have no independence without his wheelchair.” But Buckle went missing from their Vienna, W.V., home’s front porch. An investigation was started, but there wasn’t much hope of finding the chair. A family friend reached out to Ken Bussart of Glouster, Ohio, who repairs and customizes wheelchairs for people who can’t afford them. When Bussart delivered a new chair to Brantly, the boy was thrilled. “He was doing wheelies,” Bussart said. But shortly after, the original chair was returned. According to Vienna police, Delores Jackson, 69, had swiped the chair — and tried to sell it on eBay. (MS/Athens Messenger) ...It would’ve been right under the “Candy Stolen from Babies” listings.
Original Publication Date: 15 March 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

Is There a Problem on This Page? Let Me Know using the Help button lower right, and thanks.

I believe humanity is held back by the lack of thinking. I provoke thought with examples of what happens when we don’t think, and when we do. This is True is my primary method: stories like this come out every week by email, and basic subscriptions are free. Click here for a subscribe form.

Search for: