There’s nothing worse than having something stolen from you — except perhaps having a single boot stolen from you.
Australian guy Marcus was the victim of a robbery and, although his backpack was also taken, he was mostly upset about the loss of one boot and so wrote a hilarious open letter to the thief.
“To the dude who pinched my backpack and one (singular) boot from my Ute,” wrote Marcus, “I’m sure you had your reasons. My issue is that you stole one shoe (the left one).”
Marcus then went on to offer the thief two options:
“#1. Please give everything back, especially the boot.
#2. If you really want to keep my stuff, and simple just don’t want to give it back, then I’m going to have to leave the other boot (the one I still have, the one you didn’t steal) by the front gate at 143 Molle St West Hobart. So that way, I know at least one of us is getting full benefit of new shoes. I promise I won’t try to trick you or catch you. Fair’s fair.”
And, in the strangest turn of events, Marcus’ plea worked. So he added an update to his original sign, thanking the anonymous boot-burglar.
“In what can only be described as a ‘really strange’ turn of events, I arrive home today to find that the thief (with a heart of solid gold) had returned the shoe to my front door.”
So a new message to the robber was in order:
“Dear dude who pinched and returned my boot. Either you have a great (albeit confusing) code of ethics, or we simply just have a different foot size.
Either way, I feel very, very grateful to you, and I don’t want to push the ticket any further. But while we are at it, may I please have my backpack back as well?
I know you probably love it, and maybe at this stage you feel like it’s yours. That’s fine, and in a way I feel like you kind of deserve it. But I do still really want it, and kind of need it for a big trip I’m doing soon.
P.s This time I’ll leave you a 6-pack at the front gate.”