Thief apologises twice – but keeps the money

Thief apologises twice – but keeps the money

A man whose wallet was stolen last month has received two letters from the suspected robber who wrote: "I'm sorry." The thief didn't send back the 2,000 baht in the wallet, however.

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Wallet thief apologises in two letters

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A man whose wallet was stolen last month has received two letters from the suspected robber who wrote: "I'm sorry."

The story and photos of the letters were posted on Pantip.com, a popular internet forum, by a user identified only as 9Bigs.

The poster wrote that his wallet was stolen at a Bangkok shopping mall.

Last week, a mysterious letter was sent to his home saying "I'm sorry. I feel bad for my actions. I'm truly sorry and I won't do it again. I can't sleep at night."

9bigs wrote that he later received another letter along with several identification cards, membership cards and an amulet that were inside his wallet. The letter says "I want to return your wallet but it's too heavy and EMS won't send it. So sorry from the bottom of my heart."

The poster wrote that he did not receive the 2,000 baht cash inside his wallet but he still would like to forgive the robber and ask him not to steal again.

Thai netizens mostly praised the person who stole the man's wallet for feeling guilty and trying to right his wrongs.

One Pantip user said the man appeared not to be a robber by trade. Another netizen said the robber had nice handwriting.

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Vocabulary

  • amulet: a small object that some people wear around their neck as a protection against evil, bad luck, disease etc - เครื่องราง
  • apologise: to say you are sorry for doing something wrong or for causing a problem - ขอโทษ
  • cash: money - เงินสด
  • forgive: to stop feeling angry with somebody who has done something to harm, annoy or upset you - ยกโทษให้, อภัยให้
  • forum (noun): a place where people can express their ideas and opinions - ที่แสดงความคิดเห็น, การประชุมแสดงความคิดเห็น
  • guilty: having done something wrong, having the feeling that you have done something wrong - มีความผิด
  • identification card (ID card): an official card or a document that can prove who you are - บัตรประชาชน
  • identified (verb): named, searched for a discovered - ระบุ
  • mysterious: not explained or understood; full of secrets - น่าพิศวง, น่าประหลาด
  • netizen: a person who uses the Internet a lot - พลเมืองเครือข่ายคอมพิวเตอร์
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • praise: to express strong approval or admiration - ยกย่อง, ชื่นชม
  • robber: a person who steals from a person or place, especially using violence or threats - โจร, คนปล้น, คนชิงทรัพย์
  • steal: to take something from a person, shop/store, etc. without permission and without intending to return it or pay for it - ขโมย
  • suspected: thought to have done something wrong - เป็นที่สงสัย
  • thief: someone who steals something. An instance of stealing something is called a theft - ขโมย
  • trade: a job, especially one which needs special skill; occupation - อาชีพ
  • wallet: a small flat case that people keep money, bank cards, and small documents in and usually carry in their pocket or bag - กระเป๋าขนาดเล็กที่ทำจากหนังหรือพลาสติก

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