Nine-year-old Australian girl Chiara Velardi was left heartbroken after thieves swiped her beloved light-up reindeer off her front lawn on Thursday night. The clumsy burglary was caught on surveillance camera, and shows a sloppy Scrooge emerging from the car to grab the lawn ornaments, breaking one of them during the getaway.
Velardi was crushed by the reindeer kidnapping, as she has looked forward to putting out those specific decorations ever year for half her young life. Although the faux deer only cost $55 American dollars, they were hugely sentimental to the little girl.
After learning of Velardi's heartbreak via the news, the reindeer-knapper's heart grew three sizes and he decided to hand write a letter to apologize. He also enclosed $100 Australian dollars, enough to cover the cost of the stolen goods.
Damien Smith, the 7 News Sydney reporter who covered the initial burglary, updated his Twitter to let those following the story know of the redeeming note.
To whoever's Christmas I destroyed.
I am very sorry for taking your [Reindeer]. I was unaware of my actions due to being drunk. Don't feel like you shouldn't put up any more lights because they were wonderful. I hope this letter makes you feel better. I'm so sorry once again I promise to never do this again. Please feel safe and have a nice Christmas!
According to The Huffington Post, Verladi and her father found the letter to be very genuine and forgave the robbers, but that doesn't mean that everyone else has.
Tell 'em Damien.
Even so, there is no way that drunk dude won't be on the naughty list this year.