Man sends city $50, apology note 75 years after crime: I was a 'stupid' teen

- A 90-year-old Texas man proved it's never too late to say sorry this week after mailing a handwritten apology note and a $50 bill to the public works department in Midvale, Utah.

The man, who only identified himself as a "sorrowful citizen," said he enclosed the cash to pay for a stop sign he stole decades ago.

"I am enclosing $50 to pay for this stop sign I stole when I was a thoughtless teenager," the man wrote. "Stupid might be a better word for it."

The elderly man from North Houston, Texas, said he has been "trying to do restitution" for all the mistakes he's made in the past.

"All of these things have made me sorrow over the few things I did when I was young," he continued. "I wish to be forgiven by the Lord, so I am sorry and truly repentant."

City officials were shocked by the gift — and wished they could thank the man in person, though the letter didn't include a return address. 

Midvale Mayor Robert Hale estimates the crime took place roughly 75 years ago.

“He paid more than $50 in 75 years he’s been carrying that burden on his shoulder,” Hale told Fox 13. 


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