If you got away with a crime…would you ever own up to it? Probably not. So imagine the shock of Tucson restaurant owner Carllotta Flores – who opened up an envelope this week…finding an apology and $1,000.
An anonymous waitress has given back money she stole from Flores back in the 90's. In a handwritten note (which you can read below), the waitress details working at one of Flores’ El Charro restaurants when she was attending the University of Arizona. Saying she’s carried guilt and remorse for all these years, the woman admitted to pocketing a couple of hundred dollars. That’s now been repaid – with interest.
And really? It couldn’t have come at a better time for Flores, who had her purse stolen this week. “This sort of renewed the faith that we had a lot of good people out there," Flores says. "I don't know where she's at or who she is, but 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.” In the future? Yup. Flores is planning to paid it forward.
- Here’s the text of the note: Dear Carlotta Family. I worked for you as a waitress very briefly back in the 1990's, while a student at U of A. 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. -A Thankful Former Employee