If someone stole my bike and I left them a note, it would probably not be a very nice note. But Eileen Remedios, who lives in England, seems like a nice person. And so when a thief took her old blue bike, she stuck this note to a lamppost, the Daily Mail reports:
Please return my bike. It is old but loved and will be frightened without its owner.
And you know what? It worked. The bike came back, and with it a note:
The envelope was addressed to ‘The owner of the old blue bike.’
Inside, a note read: ‘A great big fat … SORRY! From the reformed bike thief! (I didn’t mistreat it).’
Ever-polite, Eileen wrote back:
‘To the sweet bike borrower. Thanks for returning my bike. She had a nice time but is delighted to be back with me.’
It’s like some kind of mannerly modern-day epistolary novel — with, of course, a happy ending. The star-crossed soulmates, Eileen and her bike, are blissfully reunited and will presumably live happily ever after, while the reformed thief goes on to maybe become prime minister or something.
‘A great big fat... SORRY!’, Daily Mail.