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Restaurant Thief Is Struck With Bad Karma After Stealing Condiments, Secretly Returns With Note

by Amy Paige
Amy is the Director of Trending Content at LittleThings. After graduating from Florida State University with a creative writing degree, she moved straight to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She loves discovering and sharing viral videos, watching movies with her Muppet-like poodle mix named Cali, and doing the robot whenever possible.

Charlene Reebe manages the Perkins Restaurant & Bakery in Lacey Township, New Jersey. While cleaning up for the night, Charlene noticed a small Walmart bag sitting on the ground near a trash can.

She wondered why it wasn’t just placed inside the can instead, so she opened up the bag to investigate.

Inside she found a handwritten letter on loose-leaf paper, two 32-ounce bottles of Heinz ketchup, and a Walmart receipt showing the purchase of the condiments.

The author of the letter confessed to stealing a ketchup bottle from the restaurant a few weeks prior and had quietly returned to the restaurant in an effort to right the wrong.

“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,'” the letter read.

It’s not that the employees even noticed the missing ketchup bottle. And the Heinz bottles the thief bought for the restaurant were much bigger than the ones Perkins puts on its tables for customers.

As it turned out, the thief was hit with a wave of remorse after an incident of bad karma — and was convinced that the bad luck stemmed from stealing the ketchup.

The owner of the restaurant ended up posting the note on Facebook, along with a public message to the person who returned the ketchup …

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