Newspaper Thief Apologizes 25 Years Later

Matthew T. Hall is the opinion editor at the San Diego Union-Tribune newspaper. He recently received this letter from a long-time reader. The correspondent writes that, 25 years ago, they were homeless and in desperate need of a job. Back then, the best option to find job openings was in the classifieds published in the Sunday edition.

The newspaper lost money, but it was the paperboy who suffered for it, as the minor crime required extra unpaid labor. It’s very late, but the writer has a conscience that has never been freed from the guilt until now.

-via Josh Hadro

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As a former paperboy, this brings back bad memories. Rather than the mild climate of La Joya, I delivered them in harsh, mid-west weather. Not only did I have to replace the papers that were stolen, that behavior cost me tips which were the only way I could afford new clothes.
Perhaps she should have gone to the newspaper office and gotten a job delivering what she stole. That way she could have read the classifieds before the papers were delivered.
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