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Area library receives anonymous confession of theft and $500 in restitution.

Jonny Diamond

December 15, 2021, 10:28am

Today in small acts of decency: an Ohio library revealed that they recently received a letter of confession “from a former Middlefield resident” who’d apparently been living with the weight of past teenage book thefts on their conscience, having walked with scores of books over the years.

The letter, which was posted on Facebook by the Geauga Count Library, went on to say:

There is no justification for what I did, and unfortunately I let my youthful greed get the better of me. I am truly sorry, but I know an apology is not enough. Please accept this $500 for the harm I caused.

As apologies go, this is how you do it (cc Andrew Cuomo). We salute you anonymous ex-book thief, go well in the world, and may your conscience be as light as your wallet.

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