More often than not, we pay for a quick bite and get on our way, never to think of the transaction again.
But that hasn't been the case for this person, who's been thinking about one pizza transaction for the past 13 years.
On February 4th, Reddit user morgan_freemun posted this anonymous letter dated from January 2015 with the caption, "Received this today, I'm speechless."
The letter explains that back in 2002, one customer wrote a bank check, knowing it would bounce, in order to take home a pizza right then and there.
The context being that the writer "was going through a very difficult time financially and was at the end of [his or her] rope. [The writer] had no money and a hungry child at home."
However, the subsequent guilt, derived from his or her dishonesty, has remained on the mind after all these years. "I think of this often and I am incredibly ashamed and embarrassed at my behavior," reads the note.
So 13 years later, this person decided to take action in one of the most stand-up ways possible.
After confessing what he or she did, the writer utilized money from a decade-long developed income and paid back the pizza shop owner, with interest.
That's $54.39, for one pizza, "assuming the original order was $20 and then adding 8% interest compounded yearly for the last 13 years."
Sometimes, there's only one right thing to do.
Dear Sir, Back in 2002 I bounced a check at your pizza shop. I was going through a very difficult time financially and was at the end of my rope. I had no money and a hungry child at home, so I wrote a check that I knew would not be honored by my bank. I'm not making excuses for my behavior, just applying some context. I think of this often and I am incredibly ashamed and embarrassed at my behavior. I have visited your store several times in the last few years and have always wanted to confess and ask you to forgive me, but I have not been able to summon up the courage, so I just eat my pizza and leave. I have worked hard and built up a solid business over the last decade and feel that it is my responsibility to remedy this situation. I hope there are no hard feelings. I've enclosed a money order for $54.39. I came to this amount by assuming the original order was $20 and then adding 8% interest compounded yearly for the last 13 years. Thank you.