Eleven years ago, the owner of a small market and deli store in Nashville was robbed at gunpoint.
So imagine his surprise when a stranger walked into the store this week and handed in a heartfelt letter, apologising for the crime.
His son, Somboon Wu, also works at the family store and said the robber’s admission was ‘inspirational’ and left his father, who was the one robbed at gunpoint, amazed, reports WSMV TV.
“It’s amazing,” Mr Wu said. “It's inspirational, really. Even though it's hard sometimes, we need to give people a second chance.
“He was really insistent that we take this [the letter], that we have to take this.”
The letter was from a man who said he was a drug addict 11 years ago, and came in and robbed the store of a six pack of beer and $300.
Enclosed in the envelope was $400 and the message: “I do not use drugs anymore, and I feel I must make amends to the people I have hurt in the past.
“I hope you will accept this money and find forgiveness. Peace be with you, Anonymous.”
Mr Wu said: “Obviously, he's got a great heart. He just got caught up in a bad situation.
“We just want to let him know if he's watching, wherever life takes you, we forgive you for what you did.”