Thief returns 2 ketchup bottles to a New Jersey restaurant after feeling guilty and believing that she was suffering from bad karma leaving an apology letter along with 2 new ketchup bottles outside the eatery
A thief returned two ketchup bottles to a New Jersey restaurant after she felt guilty and believed that she was suffering from bad karma. She left an apology letter along with the bottles outside the eatery.
A thief who felt guilty and believed that she was suffering from bad karma after stealing a bottle of ketchup from a New Jersey restaurant decided to drop 2 new bottles along with a handwritten apology note.
According to the eatery’s manager Charlene Reebe, she found a Walmart bag at closing time while clearing the litter left around outside trash cans near the door. The bag contained a letter, a receipt and 2 ketchup bottles.
“A few weeks ago, I had taken one of your ketchup bottles off the table because for some odd reason I thought it’d be ‘risky’. I am as square as they come and this is the worst thing I’ve done,” the thief wrote in the note left outside the door of Perkins Restaurant & Bakery on Route 9 in Forked River.
“Well, a few hours I did it someone crashed into my car, and since then, my karma, luck, and life have been …,”
“I hope returning two new bottles will restore some [luck] for me, and I can stop carrying around this guilt. Again I’m really sorry if I inconvenienced you the same way my life has been inconveniencing me. I’m sorry.”
– The letter.
The note’s author signed off the note with, “From, an awful person.”
Interestingly, none of the staff at the restaurant had noticed that a bottle was missing. The employees of the restaurant believe that the thief is a woman.
“What I’d say to her is she’s a good example of how kids should think things through before they do them, and even if they do make a mistake, that they own up to it.”
– Charlene Reebe
The restaurant’s owner, Maria DiLeo, posted an image of the letter on Facebook and wrote, “To the person that returned this. You are forgiven. Hope all goes better for you. Lesson learned.”
Thief returns ketchup bottles after karma strikes, expresses remorse in apology letter