Patriotic bench stolen from Kuna business; good Samaritan builds new one

Posted at 3:39 PM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 18:04:42-04

Eagles and Anchors Tattoo Shop in Kuna is known for its vintage American aesthetic, so when thieves stole the shop's iconic red, white and blue bench from right out front,  the community noticed -- and a good Samaritan stepped in to help. 

When Jay Black and Frank Spear, the best-friend duo behind Eagles and Anchors, discovered their iconic bench was stolen, they turned to social media for help. 

"We have old pictures of it, so I figured I'd post it on Facebook," said Black, shop manager. "It's not a hard bench to miss, being red, white and blue and I figure somebody has got to see somebody or something."

The response from social media was fast. 

The next day, a good Samaritan dropped off a new bench -- identical to the original one. 

"I guess he was disappointed and took it into his hands to build it, paint it, and he brought it over," Black said. "You could still smell the paint, it was still sticky."

Known simply as "Mr. Gene," Black and Spear say they see him every day, as he takes his afternoon walk. And while they've never exchanged more than a courteous "hello," the two have a message for their friendly -- and generous -- neighbor. 

"We love you brother," Black said. "Thank you so much. You are amazing. The world needs more people like you."

"Exactly," added Spear, shop owner. "America is still in the hearts of individuals like yourself, and we appreciate that."