A pizza parlor owner posted an apology letter online that he received from a guilt-ridden patron who bought a pie with a bad check he knowingly used 13 years earlier.
The anonymous letter writer, who still patronizes the shop, wrote: “I am incredibly ashamed and embarrassed at my behavior. I ... have always wanted to confess and ask you to forgive me, but I have not been able to summon up the courage."
The customer said at the time of the transgression, “I had no money and a hungry child at home … I’m not making excuses for my behavior, just applying some context.”
Inside the letter was a money order for $54.39 – which included 8 percent interest compounded since 2002 on a bill of $20.
The owner said on Reddit that he plans to put up a sign acknowledging the letter and offer his forgiveness to the patron, promising to update people on the site if he hears back from the letter writer.
The pizza parlor stopped accepting checks in 2006, after several years of experiences with returned payments.