Waitress Returns $1,000 She Stole From Former Boss With Written Apology 20 Years Later

Waitress Returns $ 1,000 She Stole From Former Boss With Written Apology 20 Years Later

It might sound like a cheesy line, but it is really never too late to do the right thing.

Well, sure, you’ll have to deal with the pain of not doing what you were supposed to have done years prior, but it doesn’t change the fact that you finally made it right, which will not only make you feel better about yourself, but leave a huge impression on other people.

This is something that Carlotta Flores, owner of the El Charro restaurant in Tucson, Arizona came to realize when she received something in the mail that pleasantly surprised her.

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The letter was from an employee of Flores’ who admitted to stealing money from her restaurant when the two worked together back in the ’90s.

The envelope contained a handwritten letter of apology along with $ 1,000, which the former worker says not only covered the money she stole, but also 20 years of interest on top of it.

Carlotta’s son, Ray Flores, posted a photo of the kind gesture on his Facebook page and tagged his mother, sister, and wife in the post.

In the letter, the past waitress remarks that it was the first and last time she ever stole and that her actions bothered her for decades. And then, she finally decided to take action.

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“One of the waiters I worked with had encouraged me to ‘forget’ to ring in a few drinks a shift and pocket the cash. And for some stupid reason, I did it. I grew up in the church, I knew better. I hadn’t stolen a dime before then, nor have I since.  Thankfully, I was a terrible waitress and you all fired me before it could amount…”

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“…to more than a few hundred dollars total. It’s been 20 years, but I still carry great remorse. I am very sorry that I stole from you. Please accept my apology + this money as a repayment + 20 years of interest. May God forever bless you+ your family.”

She signed the letter only as “a thankful former employee,” and left it at that.

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After receiving the letter, Flores said in an interview with KVOA that it had a huge impact not just on her, but on her family and employees at the restaurant as well.

It also came at the perfect time — Flores recently was the victim of a robbery.

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“I had my purse stolen and this sort of renewed the faith that we have a lot of good people out there,” Flores told KVOA.

She also said that the kind gesture left a lot of her staff in tears after reading the message from the past waitress.

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“I don’t know where she’s at or who she is but I will tell you one thing. I hope that she’s read or has seen what an impact this has made not only on me, my family, my business but where it will go in the future. So I hope she keeps looking to see what we’re doing with it,” said Flores.

I don’t know what it is about waitresses performing acts of kindness that hits us right in the feels. All right, so technically this woman was a thief who was making a mistake she made right after years of it eating her up inside and was technically no longer an employee of El Charro, but it is still pretty awesome of her nonetheless.

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A few months ago there was Waffle House employee Evoni Williams who was awarded a $ 16,000 scholarship for going above and beyond her duties in helping an older customer by cutting his food for him.

Her act of kindness made waves on the internet, and I think it has to do with the nature of service industry jobs in general.

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Restaurant workers like waiters, waitresses, and bus boys are paid below minimum wage in the United States and have to rely heavily on tips for their income. Oftentimes, they aren’t treated the nicest by customers, so when they still manage to keep a smile on their face and show kindness in their situation, even when it’s not an ideal one, that shows real strength.

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Man Drops His iPhone In Lake While Ice Fishing, Finds Out It Still Works Over A Year Later

It’s ice fishing season again, so strap on your boots, make sure your auger is working, and try to find a secure place for your phone so it doesn’t fall into the lake. That last part happened to Michael Guntrum last year while he was out ice fishing with a few friends.

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In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Guntrum relived the moments that led up to him becoming iPhoneless. “We were having negative-25-degree weather, so me and two buddies went ice fishing. We were sitting in our portable shanty, and I got a bite on my rod. I laid the phone on my lap, and it slipped off. Instead of landing flat in the snow, it hit its edge and rolled into the hole. I caught the fish — it was a blue gill — but it wasn’t worth it.”

And that was that. The lake was later drained due to a structural deficiency in its dam, and that’s when things took an interesting turn. Daniel Kalgren, a mechanical engineer by profession and part-time treasure hunter based solely on the fact that he owns a metal detector, took a ride to the area that used to be the lake and went for a walk in hopes of finding things that people tossed overboard.

When his metal detector started going off, he dug, and soon found Guntrum’s old iPhone 4 under 6 inches of mud. Not expecting much, he took it home, cleaned it, placed it in rice to dry, then charged the phone. After 2 days, it was alive.

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Kalgren then looked up Guntrum’s number and sent him a picture of the phone. “I had just been talking about that lake early that day. It was eerie,” Guntram recollected. “He sent me a picture and asked, ‘Does this look familiar?’ and I recognized the screensaver.”

The phone’s case, made by Ottorbox, probably had a lot to do with the phone’s survival. Kalgren has an iPhone 6 himself, though in a LifeProof case, and seeing the screen of this old phone light up again has further indoctrinated strengthened his allegiance to Apple products.

Currently, the phone is in the hands of the United States Postal Service, making its way to Guntrum. When asked what he planned on doing with the phone, he simply replied, “My mom needs a smartphone, so I’ll give it to her.”

(h/t BuzzFeed)

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