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Ketchup Thief Admits Crime, Expresses Great Remorse After Karma Deals Her Blow After Blow

By Colin Fredericson

A thief that was filled with guilt gave an anonymous confession, along with replacement goods, to a restaurant he or she stole from.

The repentant thief stole a bottle of ketchup from a Perkins restaurant located in Lacey Township, New Jersey, WABC reported.

The manager of the restaurant noticed a brown bag by the door as she was closing for the night on July 31, according to WABC. Inside the bag were the letter and replacement items.

The confession letter talks about how life has changed for the thief, and that he or she wanted to make up for the karma caused. They left two new bottles of ketchup to replace the one that was stolen from the restaurant.

“Dear Lacey Perkins,” the letter starts out.

“A few weeks ago, I had taken one of your ketchup bottles off the table because for some odd reason I thought it’d be ‘risky.’,” reads the letter, from a photo of it obtained by the New York Post.

The restaurant was not aware that a bottle of ketchup had been stolen, WABC reported. Nonetheless, the thief said he or she experienced a string of misfortune after her deed.

“Well, a few hours [after] I did it someone crashed into my car, and since then my karma, luck, and life have been [expletive]. I hope returning two new bottles will return some for me, and I can stop carrying around this guilt,” the letter continued.

“Again, I’m really sorry if I inconvenienced you the same way my life has been inconveniencing me. I’m sorry,” the person wrote.

The person then signed off on the letter “From, an awful person,” and included a little frowning face symbol.

The restaurant put the letter and ketchup bottles on display in the restaurant, video from PIX11 shows. The owner is planning to display the letter in a picture frame at the restaurant, WABC reported. The note also included a receipt from a Walmart, presumably for the ketchup bottles purchase.

The owner thinks the note writer is a woman, due to the handwriting style.

“Hopefully, you know, she’ll be fine. Hopefully, the karma all goes away,” said the restaurant location’s owner-operator, Maria DiLeo, via PIX11.

DiLeo was lighthearted about the situation.

“We’ve all done things,” she told PIX11. “If that’s the worst thing you’ve done, you’re gonna be fine.”

DiLeo posted a photo of the note in the Facebook group Lacey Township Chatter. The post received 127 comments, 133 shares, and 534 reactions.

“I love this. And to the person who wrote the note, you’re not an awful person. You had a lapse in good judgment and made it right. If you were awful, it never would have affected you,” commented Donna Mclaughlin.

“Karma is a nasty [expletive]!!! And whether it’s something as small as taking a ketchup bottle or something way worse, she always finds us and makes us pay,” commented Jessica Hetrick.

“All of a sudden, I have a strong urge to return all the little forks I’ve stolen from Chinese Restaurants over the years,” commented Brandon Ebbs.

Lacey Township is located in Ocean County, New Jersey. It is considered part of the Jersey Shore, according to the Lacey Township government website.