The owner of Tucson’s El Charro restaurant, Carlotta Flores, wasn’t having a good week. She’d had her purse stolen and her faith in humanity was waning, but then an unexpected surprise in the mail renewed her faith—and put a substantial amount of cash in her pocket.
Flores received a letter in the mail from an anonymous person who claimed to have worked in the restaurant 20 years ago. In the letter, the woman wrote that she was a terrible waitress and was fired, but before that, she had been stealing from her employer. To make up the amount she stole, plus a lot of interest, the person enclosed $1,000.
In the letter the former waitress wrote:
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. 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.
Flores told CNN about the letter:
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.
A family member posted a photo of the letter and cash on Facebook.
It’s never too late to make amends.
A nice reminder that it is never too late to try to make amends. We can all hope to continue to strive to be better people. https://t.co/rakiLbh2qk
— Dan Rather (@DanRather) August 2, 2018
The story touched many who needed to renew their faith in humanity.
This resonates in my heart, Dan. We always have a chance to renew ourselves—to mend bridges, reach higher, be kinder, be more creative, + connect with one another. To do the right things with quiet appreciation—I recommit. Thanks for the reminder.
— Linnea Grace (@LndofHpeandDrms) August 2, 2018
It's to see that some still got conscious!!! Kudos
— JOHN A ANAGNOSTARAS (@ioannis8100) August 2, 2018
It's so encouraging to know that there are people with a conscience – and who listen to and act on it. This made my day.
— Winter (@Random3735) August 2, 2018
With $1,000 in cash and a handwritten apology, a former waitress is trying to make things right after stealing money from a Mexican restaurant she worked at more than 20 years ago https://t.co/jHBE11oH56 pic.twitter.com/uerhjVCdSY
— CNN (@CNN) August 2, 2018
I think it was very commendable
— Nicole (@nicetynikki) August 2, 2018
Of course, there were some people looking to make a quick buck.
— Andy Mau (@AndyMau8) August 2, 2018
Thankful former employee, hey I think you worked me too. You wouldn’t happen to have any money for me?
— stang1958 (@stings1958) August 2, 2018
After you send that amount of money ,$1000, into my personal Briefcase address, I will except your apology. Below is my personal Briefcase address:
+Owner1: Nguyễn Quốc Hoàng
+Vietcombank Hồ Chí Minh city
+Number/ số: 0071002364729
Please change it into VND before sending./.
— Arich Nguyen (@HMP_GROUP) August 2, 2018
People have lost much more in restaurants.
My wife stole my dignity when she left me at a Mexican restaurant
— Anna Kendrick Lamar (@Girth_Brooks_69) August 2, 2018
Ouch! Good luck getting a letter in 20 years.
— Nagi Ray (@nagireyadh) August 2, 2018
We wish the unknown former waitress good luck in her future endeavors.