We all make mistakes. Sometimes we forget to do the dishes. Sometimes we cheat on our significant other/costar. Sometimes we break into someone's home and steal a bunch of expensive stuff. It happens. The important thing is that we realize we made a mistake and then try to correct it and learn from it. And I'm not talkin' 'bout KStew, cause we know that girl ain't learned nothing! No, I'm talking about someone who broke into a couple's home in a small town in Ontario, Canada. He (or she?) stole a bunch of things, including an Xbox and a digital camera. But soon he saw the error of his ways. And he decided to do something about it.
The unidentified man (or woman?) brought back all of the stolen goods in a bag and left it on the doorstep of the home he'd broken into. But he didn't just decide to return the pilfered goods. Oh no. He also left a heartfelt note. It read:
Family I have wronged: I’m the one who committed the serious crimes against your family and I want to apologize from the bottom of my heart. It was nothing personal and I didn’t go through any of your personal belongings ... I have been having a very hard time financially lately and I made the worst mistake of my life.
Wow. Enough to bring a tear to your eye, eh? Not only that, the robber went one step further. He left the people $50 to repair the window he'd broken into. For someone who was having such a difficult time financially that he decided to rob a house, this is pretty bizarre!
The person also vowed to do community service to atone for his or her sins. He or she ended the type-written letter with:
Please find it in your hearts to forgive the stranger who harmed you.
Police have theorized that perhaps there wasn't just a guilty conscience behind the returned goods, but an angry parent. However, the cop thinks that if a parent did discover that their kid had stolen from a house, he or she should have "marched the child next door and made him fess up."
Either way, none of this gets the burglar off the hook. The crime is still being investigated, and the suspect is still being looked for. I think, however, that if he or she is found, there won't be much in the way of punishment. Which is the way it should be -- especially if this is a teen or child. The suspect sounds like he has been punished enough -- with his own conscience.
Do you think this person should still be punished?
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