The victims of a burglary in New Zealand say they’re not angry and feel “a bit sorry” for the thief who left a sad message behind.
The Auckland couple woke up on Wednesday morning to discover that someone had broken into their vehicle overnight and made off with their car battery.
But inside the engine was a note to the victims apologising for the theft.
“I’m so sorry I had to do this,” the piece of paper read.
“When I am in a fortunate position I will put $200 (A$175) in your wipers.”
The desperate message left the owners heartbroken.
“The thief actually left a nice note,” one of the victims wrote online.
“Don’t feel half as angry as I should but still have no way to get to work.”
'I would have given him the money'
Speaking to the New Zealand Herald, the resident said she wished the offender had asked for help instead.
“I personally felt a bit sorry that he was in such strife that he turned to crime,” she explained.
“It’s tough out there for some and getting worse.
“I’d probably have just bloody given him the money if he’d knocked on the door.
Her husband added that it was an inconvenience having to replace, and pay, for a new battery, but that he couldn’t even feel angry about it in the end.
He said the note was “more or less an apology.”
“We’re all living hard lives at the moment with inflation and the cost of living going up, but I thought this is someone who is absolutely desperate.
“The element of anger was taken away.
“Rather than it just being stolen they put the effort to leave a message.”
However with a new battery coming in at A$220, the resident hopes he might be able to get a full refund.
He told the Herald that he’ll be leaving the battery invoice on the car window just in case the thief makes good on his promise to pay them back.
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