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writing a wrong Shopkeeper receives £40 apology letter from guilt-ridden person who stole £10 - 30 years ago

The Derry shop owner now says he'd like to meet up with the sender of the letter 'to have a laugh and go down memory lane'


The card sent by the guilt-ridden former customer

The card sent by the guilt-ridden former customer

The card sent by the guilt-ridden former customer

A shop owner in Derry has received a card with an apologetic message penned inside from a person who admitted stealing £10 from the shopkeeper 30 years ago.

Inside the card was also £40 in cash - the £10 the person stole, as well as £30 in interest!

Jim Barr, who owns the shop in the Carnhill area of the city, told the BBC he “hasn’t a clue” who the culprit is, after the story initially appeared in the Derry Journal.

Mr Barr said he suspects the letter came from a man because “a girl in Derry would tend to say 'mammy and daddy', rather than ma and da”.

“I'm guessing they were about 12 or 13 so they're probably in their early 40s now."

The letter reads: ‘Many years ago I stole £10 from you.

‘I pretended my ma and da gave me £20, when they only gave me £10. You knew. You told me to go double check, I pretended I did, and so you gave me the extra £10.’

The guilt-ridden writer added: ‘I am sure you knew. I am sure your till was down a tenner that day. You never mentioned it to me or my parents. Very sorry!

‘There is my debt and interest!! (Nearly 30 years!!)

‘Thanks you for being a pillar of the community and not bringing shame on my ma and da.

'God bless!’

Mr Barr added: "This is a person of faith and this must have been playing on his conscience for years.

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"He gave me back £40, that's the tenner and a pound of interest for every year."

He added: "Most people are good deep down.

"You get the odd bad apple, but the way I look at it is that person might have had a hard life and it's probably just the way they were brought up."

Mr Barr saw the funny side of it, saying that “with all the doom and gloom of January, people just like to hear a good news story”.

He also said the shop would have been very busy with pupils from nearby St Columb's College in the 90s.

"I don't need to know who it was because it's not important, but what I would love is for the person to meet up with me on the quiet so we could go down memory lane and have a laugh about it and say nothing to anyone."

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