Making Amends

Making Amends
@Marcyaz (35651)
United States
October 16, 2015 10:06am CST
A Parks Department was surprised when opening a letter stating that back in 1990 he and some friends had vandalized a city park bathroom and wanted to make amends as it had been bothering him these many years. Inside the letter was $500 that he felt would be an appropriate amount to take care of the damage. No one at the Parks Department remembered the vandalism from 25 years ago but the money will be used for an “All Abilities Playground” the city is building. This will let kids with mobility problems and kids in wheelchairs join their friends for games at the park. Picture by Kaveri Tarun
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@yukimori (9066)
• United States
16 Oct 15
Not only did he make his amends for the vandalism, his repayment will be put toward a lasting improvement for the community. I think that's a fantastic use for it!
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Oct 15
It certainly will be an improvement for the community and helping these children who probably have never been in a swing before.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
17 Oct 15
I think so too!
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@vandana7 (66076)
• India
17 Oct 15
I am not sure how much it would cost for repairing how much damage he'd done, in modern time, but yes, it is very nice gesture.
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@topffer (34599)
• France
16 Oct 15
We have a one or three years prescription period for these kind of offenses here, but it is not forbidden to do a good deed 25 years later : it helps him to relieve his conscience, and it will be well used, so "everything is for the best in the best possible word".
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Oct 15
The authorities still don't know who have done the damage back then but now had the funds to finish this project.
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@vandana7 (66076)
• India
16 Oct 15
That he should have remembered itself is great. Many people don't care.
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@topffer (34599)
• France
16 Oct 15
@Marcyaz It is praiseworthy : I suppose that if they had known him, they would already have sued him to pay for the damages.
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@GardenGerty (100376)
• United States
16 Oct 15
In the town I just left we had a park like that, and some of the elementary schools had swings that would accommodate a wheel chair. I am glad this man felt some remorse.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Oct 15
I never knew about those swings before, I am also glad this man was remorseful.
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@vandana7 (66076)
• India
17 Oct 15
I bet he was in the wrong company when he did that, and didn't know how to tell his parents who brought him up so well. He possibly didn't want to vandalize, but being in the group resulted in peer pressure leading to remorse. After all, he was going against his grain. Teenage. Adolescence. :)
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• Vancouver, Washington
21 Oct 15
@Marcyaz it sounds really a great thing he has done
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
16 Oct 15
aww what a thoughtful thing to do to use the money for handicapped children.. Glad the person who had a conscious gave money to help make amends
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Oct 15
It is commendable that one of the people who did the damage back then had a conscience and wanted to make amends, it happened right at the right time.
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@softbabe44 (5901)
• Vancouver, Washington
16 Oct 15
thats a true present from way back that was alot of help god bless his soul
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
God Bless will bless him for his generosity and making amends.
• Vancouver, Washington
17 Oct 15
@Marcyaz he is blessed
• Vancouver, Washington
17 Oct 15
@Marcyaz i think that was super how that worked out
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@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
16 Oct 15
That is so nice of him. This is also the first time I have ever seen a "swing" for people who use wheelchairs. I am so impressed with this, it is great that they can also enjoy the "swings".
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Oct 15
It is great that they now have swings for children in wheelchairs so they can enjoy themselves with their friends.
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@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
16 Oct 15
@Marcyaz This is amazing. Gee, where have I been, how long have they had swings like this???
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
@howard96h I don't know how long they have had these either as this was the first time I had seen one.
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@sallypup (27505)
• Moses Lake, Washington
16 Oct 15
Somebody got into recovery and decided to follow the program rather than kill themselves with a substance. What a charming post.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Oct 15
It is very possible this person was in a recovery program and decided this was the way he could make amends. Thank You for the Compliment.
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@sallypup (27505)
• Moses Lake, Washington
16 Oct 15
@Marcyaz You're welcome. I agree about the person. The Program has turned many folks into law abiding angels.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
@sallypup I know that the program has helped many people.
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
17 Oct 15
I love stories like this! I am happy that he has a conscience and that children will benefit.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
It may have taken a long time but he is to be commended and the money couldn't have come at a more convenient time.
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@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
17 Oct 15
@Marcyaz I so agree!
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• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
17 Oct 15
That was nice, never to late to make amends
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
that is something we should all remember it is never to late to make amends, thanks for reminding me of that.
@LadyDuck (163382)
• Switzerland
16 Oct 15
At least they did something good after the vandalism. I believe that even if they know who they are they cannot sue them after 25 years.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
I think it has been to long a time to sue anyone after all those years.
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@celticeagle (118563)
• Boise, Idaho
16 Oct 15
How great is that on so many levels. Nice story. Thanks for sharing.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
It is wonderful and Your Welcome I thought it was a terrific story.
@Tita417 (1238)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
16 Oct 15
Wow all those years. It was truly a nice gesture. The best part is that his money was put to good use.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
16 Oct 15
It was 25 years that this must have bothering him and the money came at a good time for the wheelchair swings to be put in place.
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@jstory07 (68246)
• Roseburg, Oregon
17 Oct 15
That was good that the park had a good use for the money. A handicap area for the handicap tp play in.
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@vandana7 (66076)
• India
17 Oct 15
We don't have swings in many parks for children. Adults use them, or the monies are embezzled.
@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
It is good so they can swing like the other kids.
@vandana7 (66076)
• India
16 Oct 15
How sweet..
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@inertia4 (27688)
• United States
16 Oct 15
Although this is a cool story, I find it somewhat odd. To wait 25 years before trying to make good on something that was done back then. I will safely assume these were young teens at the time and were trying to be cool in their way. Now they are older and feel bad about what they did.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
At least one person felt bad and wanted to atone for what he had taken part in.
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@inertia4 (27688)
• United States
19 Oct 15
@Marcyaz I get that. You would think that he would have wanted to say something earlier. But good for him.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
19 Oct 15
@inertia4 Just glad that he did it now when the park was doing some work there.
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@simone10 (21652)
• Louisville, Kentucky
17 Oct 15
What an awesome thing to do. There aren't many people who would have done the same thing he did and I think it's great that it is going toward that specific playground.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
Very awesome shows that he has a heart and the money is going for a good project.
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@simone10 (21652)
• Louisville, Kentucky
23 Oct 15
@Marcyaz Absolutely. I wish there were more people like him in the world.
@1creekgirl (10614)
• United States
17 Oct 15
I think it's wonderful for that person to do that. A while back, the Holy Spirit reminded me of a few times when my testimony as a Christian wasn't what it should be. I couldn't rest until I made amends.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
After you made amends you felt right with the Holy Spirit again.
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@1creekgirl (10614)
• United States
17 Oct 15
@Marcyaz Exactly. Once we're born-again Christians, the Holy Spirit won't let us get away with much!
• United States
18 Oct 15
It is nice to know that some people in this world have a conscience.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
18 Oct 15
Sometimes their conscience won't let alone until they have made some type of amends.
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@lady1993 (18609)
• Philippines
18 Oct 15
that was nice of him his money was put to good use too
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
18 Oct 15
It was good to ease his conscience after all these years and his money couldn't have come at a better time.
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@DWDavis (11540)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
17 Oct 15
It is wonderful that in making amends for something done so long ago the anonymous vandal is helping make life better for today's kids who face mobility challenges.
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@Marcyaz (35651)
• United States
17 Oct 15
Yes isn't it strange how making amends for something long past is helping some children today.
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