“I am a Drug Addict. About 11 or 12 Years Ago I Robber this Store with a Gun. I Do Not Use Drugs Anymore and I Feal I Must Make Amends to the People I Have Hurt in the Past”


In early September 2013, an unidentified man entered the InterAsian Market and Deli in Nashville, Tennessee, and gave them an envelope, inside of which was $400 (according to a short article in The Nashville Scene, the amount was $300) and an apologetic note in which he asked for forgiveness. Originally, Somboon Wu, son of store owner Keosavanh Xayarath, was hesitant about taking the envelope, even though the unidentified man told him that money was in it. Mr. Wu said, “He kept insisting I take it. He left, he came back. He was really emphatic: ‘Take it.’” Finally, the unidentified man put the envelope on the counter and left the grocery market. The note inside the envelope stated, “I am a drug addict. About 11 or 12 years ago I robber this store with a gun. I do not use drugs anymore and I feal I must make amends to the people I have hurt in the past. I came in you’re store around 9 or 20 o’clock in 2002 or 2003 and I got a 6 pack of beer and ask for cigaretts, when the registar opened to give change I pulled out a gun and took about $30000 from the register then drove away in a white car. I hope you will accept this money and find forgiveness. Peace be with you — Anonymous.” Mr. Wu and Mr. Xayarath put a scan of the letter on Twitter and Instagram. They added this caption: “We were robbed about 11 or 12 years. Today, we surprisingly received this note from the robber and the stolen cash returned. This is truly inspirational and reminds us that there are plenty of good people in this world. To the anonymous person, we want to tell you all is forgiven and thank for your note. We don’t care about the money. We are more inspired and touched by your act. We hope you find peace in life and prosperity. Best wishes!” Mr. Wu said, “Isn’t it amazing? We don’t know this guy, but we want to let people know he’s out there trying to fix his life.” He added, “You know, we get cynical. I get cynical … a lot. But this just slaps you in the face. There are good people out there, and they deserve a second chance.” In a TV interview with WSMV (Nashville, Tennessee), Mr. Wu said, “We just want to let him know if he’s watching, wherever life takes you, we forgive you for what you did.”

For Further Information: “Ex-drug addict hands over apology note and $400 in cash to grocery store he robbed at gunpoint 12 years ago.” Daily Mail (UK). 8 September 2013


For Further Information: Dana Kopp Franklin, “InterAsian Market Receives Apology Note, $300 From Person Who Robbed the Store 11 Years Ago.” Nashville Scene. 6 September 2013


For Further Information: InterAsian Market and Deli. Instagram. 6 September 2013 <http://instagram.com/p/d73z68Bb19/#

For Further Information: Forrest Sanders, “Man returns money, writes apology note for robbing store.” WSMV (Nashville, Tennessee). 7 September 2013


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