A woman who once waited tables for an Arizona restaurant has given $1000 and an apology letter to its owner for stealing hundreds of dollars from the establishment in the 1990s.
“I worked for you as a waitress very briefly back in the 1990s while a student at the University of Arizona,” the woman wrote in a letter to El Charro owner Carlotta Flores. The letter was posted by Carlotta’s son on Facebook.
“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.”
The woman, who has not been identified, said that she never stole before the job and has never stolen since.
“I was a terrible waitress and you all fired me before it could amount to more than a few hundred dollars total,” she added. “It’s been 20 years but I still carry great remorse. I am very sorry that I stole from you. Please accept my apology and this money as a repayment plus 20 years of interest. May God forever bless you and your family.”
Ray Flores praised the woman for being honest and making amends.
“You don’t always have to tell someone who you are to make things right for you both. This made our week!” he wrote.
Carlotta Flores, who owns the three El Charro restaurants, said that when she passed the letter around among her staff members, some got emotional.
“Some of my managers read the letter and they actually had tears in their eyes because they know that there’s very long days and food has a very little profit margin on it,” the owner of the Tuscon restaurant told KVOA.
Flores said her purse was stolen recently and the letter and money were just what she needed after a tough week.
“I had my purse stolen and this sort of renewed the faith that we had a lot of good people out there,” Flores said. “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.”