This "incredible but true" tidbit comes courtesy of Greg Curling, our chief financial officer here at the Herald.
Greg received a hand-addressed envelope last week mailed to "Bradenton Herald-Accounts Payable." Inside was an unsigned, handwritten letter that read:
This is a note for restitution.
Back in the late '60s my mother would send me to pick up a Sunday paper. On 2 different occasions I inserted the coins and pressed the coin return button and pulled open the door, taking the newspaper and the returned coins.
Please find enclosed a $50 money order for payment and interest for the stolen newspaper.
Sure enough, tucked inside was a legitimate money order for $50. Untraceable, yet far from impersonal. Sure, there might have been a guilty conscience behind it all. But how cool that somebody cared enough to take the time to set things right.
Here's a hearty "Thank You" for brightening our day.