If you have been affected by addiction, or know someone who has been, then you know that addicts are driven to do things they wouldn’t normally do, like steal a wallet.
Nothing justifies stealing, but it is important to understand the state of mind that those who struggle with addiction are in before passing judgment.
Psychology Today notes that “people who have developed an addiction may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves or others.”
Addicts, from drug users to gamblers to alcoholics, often make poor decisions while in the grip of their chosen vice. Sometimes, those bad decisions will cause them to damage relationships with family, or will make them lash out at complete strangers.
One Facebook user, Amy Christine, learned that firsthand, after she became the victim of a drug-motivated robbery. Surprisingly, five years later, the thief sent her a powerful letter, atoning for his mistake.
After Amy Christine had her wallet stolen five years ago, she never expected to hear from her robber again.
The petty crime, while upsetting and hurtful at the time, took place so long ago that she hadn’t thought about it in awhile.
However, when she got a surprising letter from the one-time crook, she was so touched by the contents that she posted it online, where it received 11,000 likes and more than 4,700 shares.
Over five years ago, Amy was hired as a server at a restaurant called Miller’s Ale House.
Shortly after starting work, she was distracted filling out some paperwork, and someone took the opportunity to make off with her wallet.
Five years on, that person reached out to Amy once more, but for a very different reason.
Wow, I am in shock right now. Years ago I had my wallet stolen while at Miller’s ale house. I had just gotten hired and was filling out all of my paperwork, and later after I got home, I noticed it was missing. I searched everywhere and called ale house but it was gone.
Well, tonight at work someone gave Kaitlyn, our hostess, this envelope with this enclosed for me. I could not believe after all this time someone would care enough to go threw the effort to find me. Stranger, I’m glad you got yourself better and thank you so much! It put a tear to my eye.
Inside the envelope, the one-time thief had enclosed a note, as well as $140 in cash.
The powerful note reads:
About 5 1/2 years or so ago I did something very terrible to you, I stole your wallet out of your purse. I was a drug addict wanting to take money from whoever I could to get my next high. I didn’t even know you, I pickpocketed you and took it right out of your purse.
I took the Best Buy card you had in it and whatever cash you had that was in it and threw the wallet in a trash can next to the store.
Not too long after that I landed in a treatment facility and got sober. I’ve been sober for 4 years now and just recently found your Best Buy card in a bag of old stuff, I looked up your name and found where you worked. So here I am.
I can’t imagine the frustration and despair I put you through, not to mention all the time and effort looking for it and getting all new stuff. It is unforgivable what I have done and would like to pay you a small amount of money for it.
I will also never hurt someone in that way ever again and will continue to live an honest life.
I wish you nothing but happiness, prosperity and good health.
Amy’s reaction could have gone two ways. No one could blame her for being angry about the perpetrator taking so long to come forward.
Instead, she chose kindness and compassion, and admits that the note, many years in the making, warmed her heart, and that she wishes her former robber all the best.
We can all appreciate Amy’s forgiveness, and the former thief’s bravery and commitment to recovery.
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