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.
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.
“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…”
“…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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
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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15-Year-Old Dog Waits At Owner’s Subway Stop To Greet Him When He Returns Home Every Day
It’s a universal truth that dogs are the purest animals in the world, and anyone who’s ever had a pet doggy can confirm this truth.
Think about it: They have a devotion to someone outside of their species that is stronger and way more sincere than any feelings human beings have for each other, if you ask me.
Even in the face of total fear, people’s dogs were willing to sacrifice themselves for their protection, like this good pupper who, despite being terrified of the vacuum cleaner like all dogs, made sure the baby would be safe.
For many dogs, they’re so devoted to their owners that they’re kind of at a loss whenever they’re not around. The day begins and ends with their human and they want to spend every waking minute with them, if possible, and that’s because dogs are the definition of loyalty.
And 15-year-old Xiongxiong is a prime example of that loyalty.
Every day, this little guy walks with his owner to the Libiza Metro station in Chongqing between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and watches him board his train. Then, Xiongxiong sits down and waits for him to return. He’s never worn a collar or has been walked with a leash in the 7 or 8 years his owner has been looking after him.
The good pupper waits about 12 hours each day for his owner to return, and when he does, he greets him with happy barks and tons of tail-wagging.
“Xiongxiong is 15 years old and I’ve had him for seven or eight years. Ever since I have had Xiongxiong, he has waited for me every day,” says his owner.
The doggy’s devotion to his human became a bit of a legend among local residents. Other subway riders and station workers have become attached to the dog, petting him and giving him plenty of love as he sits and waits.
Once word got out on the internet about how much of a good boy Xiongxiong is, people started deliberately visiting the Libiza station just to see the lovable pup.
Social media in China is blowing up with posts of how ridiculously cute and loving this doggo is and now it’s spreading stateside.
If Xiongxiong’s story sounds a bit familiar that’s because it is. During the 1920’s in Japan, there was a famed pupper named Hachiko who would visit the rail station every day to wait for his owner, agricultural scientist and professor, Hidesaburō Ueno, to return home from work.
When Ueno owner died, however, the dog was left without its beloved master. But that didn’t stop him from going to the train station every day for the next 9 years, many believing in the hope that he would return.
Hachiko’s undying devotion became a story of national interest in Japan. He became a celebrity, like Xiongxiong, with people coming to visit him and spend some time with the dog who refused to leave the station he made his home.
The Shiba Inu ended up becoming a symbol of loyalty and dedication to one’s family for the entire country. When he passed away, a proper funeral was held in his honor – such was the respect he received for the love he displayed for Master Ueno.
Statues were erected in his honor, celebrating the dog’s life and commitment to his beloved human. Hachiko’s inspired several books, movies, stories, and tons of references to the good boy can be found in countless stories.
He was ultimately buried beside Ueno in Aoyama cemetery, Tokyo so the two could be reunited at last.
Now I don’t want to get all choked up thinking about it, but Xiongxiong is kinda getting up there in age is already past the average lifespan of a dog. Let’s hope whenever this good boy goes he gets a proper send off like Hachiko did.
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Overall, our moral compass was better when we were kids. The latest proof comes in the form of what 11-year-old Elijah from Eureka, CA did when he found an envelope that contained some cold hard cash and opted to do the right thing.
Elijah is enrolled in a primary class for handicapped students in Glen Paul School, and was brushing up on some pre-vocational skills with his teacher, and that day’s task was learning how to shred documents.
He came across an envelope dated 16 years ago, and found a wad of cash in it. Together with the help of his teacher aide, Rachel Cardoza, they managed to trace the contents back to Western Chainsaw, a local business that shreds their documents using Glen Paul’s pre-vocational program.
When John Hague, the owner of Western Chainsaw, received word that they found and wanted to return the money (which turned out to be fuel money from an old truck rental program they once had), he was ecstatic.
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“It was really heartwarming. You don’t see a lot of that kind of honesty any longer. To have them teaching these kids that, I think it’s a great thing.” Hague said.
He was so pleased that he showed up to Elijah’s school with three boxes of doughnuts for his class and a $ 500 check from his company to the school. The children, in turn, made him thank you cards, which he said he would be proudly displaying on the walls of Western Chainsaw.
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