Stop sign thief sends $50, apologizes for decades-old theft
Mayor in Midvale, Utah is surprised to receive a letter with the address of “a citizen of Texas’ excuses for the stealing of a stop symbol when a ‘thoughtless teenager most likely in the 1940’s.
A 90-year-old Texas man is proved, it is never too late to say: sorry, this week after sending them a handwritten apology note and a $50 bill to the public works department in Midvale, Utah.
The man, who only identified himself as a “distressed citizen,” said he enclosed the money to pay for a stop sign he stole decades ago.
“I am enclosing $50 to pay for this stop sign I got when I was a thoughtless teenager,” the man wrote. “Stupid might be a better word for it.”
“All these things have given me grief for the few things that I did when I was young.”
The older man from North Houston, Texas, said he “is trying to do restitution for all the mistakes he has made in the past.
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“All these things have given me grief for the few things that I did when I was young,” he continued. “I want to be forgiven by the Lord, so I think it’s a shame and real remorse.”
City officials were shocked by the gift, and wished she could thank the man in person, although the letter did not include a return address.
Midvale Mayor Robert Hale estimates of the crime took place about 75 years ago.
“He paid more than $50, 75 years of age, he is carrying this burden on his shoulder,” Hale told Fox 13.
While he does not know the name of that man, he hopes that the 90-year-old knows that he is forgiven and can now live peacefully.
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“He is off to the us,” Hale said, adding that he wants to make use of the man’s donation, to be replaced by another stop sign in the city. “We can scratch out that line on the claim for now.”
Midvale shared the contents of the letter in a tweet on Wednesday.
We had the sweetest anonymous letter from a 90-year-old Texas gentleman, and just had to share with y’all. #texas #BlessHisHeart pic.twitter.com/z2A5k78gBz
— Midvale City, Utah (@MidvaleCity) 20 June 2018
“We had the sweetest anonymous letter from a 90-year-old Texas gentleman, and just had to share with y’all. #texas #BlessHisHeart,” the city wrote.