A Waitress Stole Money From Her Boss. Decades Later, She Sent Back $1,000 and an Apology

TUCSON, Ariz. – With $1,000 in cash and a handwritten apology, a former waitress is trying to make things right after stealing money from a Mexican restaurant more than 20 years ago.

Carlotta Flores, who owns El Charro restaurant in Tucson, received a surprise envelope in the mail last week. A woman who had worked for Flores in the 1990s while attending the University of Arizona revealed that she stole money from the restaurant.

“One of the waiters I worked with had encouraged me to ‘forget’ to ring in a few drinks a shift and pocket the cash. And for some stupid reason, I did it,” wrote the woman who only identified herself as “a thankful former employee. “I grew up in the church, I knew better. I hadn’t stolen a dime before then, nor have I since.”

“Thankfully, I was a terrible waitress and you all fired me before it could amount to more than a few hundred dollars total,” the letter continued.

“It’s been 20 years, but I still carry great remorse. I am very sorry that I stole from you. Please accept my apology + this money as a repayment + 20 years of interest. May God forever bless you+ your family.”

Flores said the letter deeply moved her and her employees.

“I had my purse stolen and this sort of renewed the faith that we had a lot of good people out there,” Flores told CNN affiliate¬†KVOA.

Some of her managers were also in tears after reading the letter.

“I don’t know where she’s at or who she is but I will tell you one thing. I hope that she’s read or has seen what an impact this has made not only on me, my family, my business but where it will go in the future so I hope she keeps looking to see what we’re doing with it,” Flores said.

Flores said she wants to send the woman her money back.