Nothing is worse than the realization that you’ve been robbed. Pickpockets continue to target people’s wallets without them even noticing, stranding them with no cash and forcing them to get new credit cards.
There’s usually no hope of your wallet returning—but some people get lucky.
One woman recently got her lost wallet back—at the most unexpected time, in the most inspiring way.
Five years ago, Amy Christine, from Boynton Beach, Florida, was working as a server at a local ale house. After completing her shift, she noticed her wallet was gone.
“I had just gotten hired and was filling out all of my paperwork and later after I got home I noticed it was missing,” she said. “I searched everywhere and called ale house but it was gone.”
She eventually gave up on the search, and as years went by naturally assumed it was long gone. But Amy, now working at Bru’s Room Sports Grill, was stunned when a hostess handed her an envelope that someone had dropped off for her.
It was a letter—from the person who stole her wallet.
The pickpocket admits taking Amy’s wallet years ago—and in those five years, having gone through some deep personal changes.
“I did something very terrible to you,” they wrote. “I didn’t even know you, I pickpocketed you and took it right out of your purse.”
And while it doesn’t excuse what they did, the thief explained they weren’t in the best place at the time:
The thief was a drug addict, and desperate for money.
“I was a drug addict wanting to take money from whoever I could to get my next high,” they said, but wrote they’ve since changed their ways: “Not too long after that I landed in a treatment facility and got sober.”
The reformed wallet thief has been sober for four years now—but recently they came upon a reminder of their old life: Amy’s Best Buy card, which they had taken from the wallet along with some cash before tossing the wallet away.
Finding the card in a bag of old things, they decided to use the identification to track Amy down to atone.
“I can’t imagine the frustration and despair I put your through not to mention all the time and effort looking for it and getting all new stuff. It is unforgivable what I have done but I would like to pay you a small amount of money for it,” the letter read.
To repay her, the former thief included $140 cash:
It was a deeply inspiring gesture—going out of their way to make things right with a former victim proves the clarity and progress made after getting sober.
“I will also never hurt someone in a way ever again and will continue to live an honest life,” they wrote.
The story moved Amy to tears—it wasn’t about getting the money back, she was just so happy that this person got their life back on track. It was an unexpected happy ending to what must have seemed like a dispiriting crime.
“I am in shock right now,” she wrote in her Facebook post. “I could not believe after all this time someone would care enough to go [through] the effort to find me.”