Clay and I owe you not just the rent
money, but an explanation. Unfortunately, we had a run of bad luck last
month. It was hard to believe. I had an emergency that required a costly
trip to the dentist. Then Clay's car needed a new transmission. If that
wasn't bad enough, my Mom called and needed us to replace her hot water
We have always tried to be responsible
and pay our bills on time, but even with both of us working we live
paycheck to paycheck. Like many people these days we have reached the
limit on our credit cards. Our last bit of savings went to pay for last
month's unexpected emergencies. We can't get a loan either. Consequently,
we do not have the money we owe you.
However, we want to assure you that we
will be able to pay next month's rent on time.
We have also come up with a plan to pay
the month of back rent. We hope it meets with your approval. We would like
to take the $900 due you and split it into three equal payments. We will
add 10% interest and give you $330 each time.
Would you be willing to accept IOUs? Each
would be written out to you with the amount owed. Once we get back on our
feet, we will begin paying off those IOUs as quickly as possible.
Hopefully, you won't have to wait more than a few months.
If that idea doesn't feel right to you we
certainly understand. Perhaps the following solution might work. We know
you have several other rental properties. Clay is quite a handyman. I'm
sure he could easily manage any repair or maintenance work that needs to
be done. He could work independently or with you, Mr. Fisher. In this way,
we could work off our debt.
I am ashamed we have to come to you for
help. We have no one else we can ask. We are very sorry that we have put
you in this situation, especially when you have financial obligations of
Clay and I consider ourselves to be
people of good character and worthy of your trust. You can rest assured
that we will pay you back. You have our word.
Please get back to us about this matter
at your convenience.
about background to boyfriend
It's been almost six months since we
began dating. I have enjoyed every moment we've spent together. Your
conversations lately lead me to believe you want to marry me. The thought
of us tying the knot makes me very happy. Miles, I adore you.
However, I have not been honest about my
background. When we met you told me about yourself and your family. I knew
then and there I was "not in your league."
Meeting you is the best thing that ever
happened to me. No other man has been as sweet and kind to me as you. I
didn't want anything to spoil our relationship. I believed the only way
for me to keep your love was to lie to you. As a result, I lied about my
education, my job and my family.
I apologize for misleading you. One lie
turned into another and so on. Before I knew it I had fabricated an
entirely new life for myself. A life built on those many lies.
At the risk of losing you, I want to take
this opportunity to tell you the unvarnished truth. First things first. I
only have an associate's degree from community college, not a bachelor's
degree in business from the university. For what it's worth, I very much
wanted to continue my education until I got my BBA. Unfortunately, my
mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. My father needed me to move back
home to help care for her.
Second, I am not employed in the
accounting department at Provident Insurance Co. Instead, I work at a bar
and grill downtown.
The final subject on the agenda concerns
the lies I told about my family. My family is not well educated. For the
most part, they are hardworking, blue-collar people. There's nothing wrong
with that, but they are certainly not the kind of people you know from
your country club. I am not a blue blood like you. You come from
impressive, socially prominent stock and so do your friends.
Now you know the truth. Now you can
understand why I kept making excuses for not meeting your family or having
you meet mine. I was terrified of meeting the people in your life who were
important to you. I was afraid of saying or doing something that would
give me away and expose my lies.
I know all this must come as a shock.
Please forgive me. Please call me.
All my love,
Once again I lied to you and let you
down. I'm so sorry for what I did. I told you I would be at Steve's house
watching the game. I'm sure you were angry when Steve called and asked for
me. Obviously, I wasn't with him. At that point, you didn't know where I
was and must have been very worried. It did not help that I deliberately
turned off my cell phone.
After I got paid I was feeling lucky. I
thought for sure I could double my week's pay at the race track. I thought
I had some good horses and made some safe bets. I hoped my winnings would
cover a few of the bills we are behind on, but I lost every cent. It makes
our money problems worse. I know I promised you I wouldn't gamble anymore.
I just couldn't help myself.
The only thing you told me when I got
home was that Steve called looking for me. The only thing I told you was
that I was at the track. I could see how hurt you were and could hardly
hold back your tears. Thanks for not making a scene in front of the kids.
I know you weren't ready to talk to me about this, so I thought I would
write you a letter.
You were right, I do have a problem and
gamble too much. It is the main reason we have all these financial
problems. I called today and found out where the local chapter of Gamblers
Anonymous hold their meetings. I will be at the next one. I hope this
This is the first time I have promised to
seek help for my problem. I hope that keeping this promise will help us
mend fences. I also hope that if I can stop gambling it will help us mend
This is not going to be easy and will not
happen overnight. I can't do this without you by my side. Please forgive
me just one more time.
All my love,
a deadline at work
Dear Mr. Baldwin,
I would like to apologize for the poor
performance of my team at the meeting last Friday. The upper management of
the Selenium Chemical Corporation were rightly
angered that we failed to deliver the
quarterly analysis of the production department.
Since our statistics were unavailable, it
was impossible for them to see the positive results brought about by our
production strategies. Fortunately, the other teams produced their reports
on time. I shutter to think how poorly these managers would have viewed
our consulting firm if the other teams had been as negligent as my team.
Since I head the production team, I am
responsible for this ineptitude. I sent a sincere apology to each of the
SCC managers in attendance. In those apologies I assumed full
responsibility naming myself as the guilty party.
You have my assurance that I will not put
the firm at risk like this again. I also do not feel the rest of my team
should be held accountable for this disaster. Only two individuals are to
blame. One is myself, and the other Rich Harris. I have never liked
micromanaging people working under my direction. However, when I saw that
Mr. Harris was falling behind on his portion of the work, I offered my
assistance. He declined my help, as well as rescue attempts from other
team members. He gave me his word his work would meet deadline. I made an
error in judgment. I should have insisted he deliver safely in advance of
I have had a closed door meeting with
Rich regarding this matter. I told him I was informing you of the part he
played in this fiasco. In addition, I have placed a written reprimand in
his personnel file. If you wish to write a reprimand about my part in this
I would certainly understand.
While this failure made the entire team
look incompetent, nothing could be farther from the truth. Thus, I felt
strongly that apologies to the rest of the team were in order. I thanked
them for their work, which was solid and on time. I told them I explained
everything to you and that you would not take them to task for what
happened. I asked them to forgive me for not keeping a better eye on Rich.
I hope the measures I have taken to
rectify the problems created by this incident meet with your approval.
Aside from this embarrassing episode last
Friday, the management seems pleased with the consulting work we have done
thus far for SCC. I'm firmly convinced that absent additional faux pas our
contract will be renewed next year.
fighting at children's sports event
I owe you and your son, Paul, a very big
apology. When I step back and examine my behavior at the kid's baseball
game yesterday I can hardly believe what I did.
My remarks were hurtful and abusive. It
seemed at the time Paul was deliberately trying to hit my son, Matt, with
his pitches. When a pitch did hit Matt in the leg, my verbal attacks
escalated. I see now it was just an accident. Paul was just having a bad
day out there on the mound.
I knew you were Paul's father when you
asked to talk things over. You were trying to be a good Dad and protect
your son from my unwarranted outburst. I feel so ashamed that I grabbed
you by your shirt and punched you in the face.
I'm lucky coach Davis stepped in and
insisted that Matt and I go home.
My son has barely spoken to me since this
happened. He is going out of his way to avoid being in the same room with
me. He's angry and embarrassed by what I did, and refuses to finish out
the season. I can't say that I blame him. Maybe he will decide to play on
the team next year and we'll both get a fresh start.
I have no right to ask you to help me set
things right, but I hope you will. In fact, I'd be very obliged. Would you
and your son meet with Matt and me? Your choice of time and place. Just
give me a call.
I lost sight of the many good reasons why
parents want their children to participate in sports. The kids learn much
more than the rules of the game. They get exercise and grow to value
physical fitness. They make new friends and learn team play. Most
importantly, they come to understand the true meaning of good
sportsmanship-- fairness, courtesy and being a good loser.
I was not an example of what it means to
be a good sport. I wasn't behaving like an adult, and I certainly fell
short of being a good father. This is why I hope you will agree to meet. I
want our sons to see with their own eyes the proper way to make amends
when you've committed a grievous wrong. I want to look the three of you in
the eye, speak my piece and shake hands.
I'm hoping all of you will accept my
apology and forgive me. If you do, it will go a long way in helping us put
this dreadful incident in the past. Perhaps next season we will all be
able to enjoy the true spirit of the game.
on a genetic disease
Your mother and I were devastated when
you called to say you had been diagnosed with diabetes. We are very sorry
that this chronic illness has come into your life.
At this point in time we don't know much
about diabetes. However, we do know it is genetic. After talking to you we
called every relative we could track down. It was only after going back a
couple of generations that we discovered diabetics on my side of the
family tree. Your Mom and I had no idea. We were absolutely shocked.
My dear daughter, I feel overcome with
guilt. It pains my heart to know that I am responsible for passing this
disease on to you. I am so very sorry. We can't help but wonder if your
brother and sisters carry the gene for this as well. We can imagine how
worried you and Bill must be about having children and what might happen
No one deserves this. You do not deserve
this. Please never blame yourself for what has happened.
Maybe in your lifetime a cure can be
found. Till then, try your best to take good care of yourself. Promise
that you will fight this disease and never give up that fight.
Mom and I wish it was possible to lift
the burdens of this illness off you and onto ourselves. If we could, we
would. Always remember that both of us are in your corner and willing to
help you in anyway we can. If you need moral support or a shoulder to cry
on just call us anytime.
With all our love,
Dad and Mom
This letter has a twofold purpose. First,
it's an apology for stealing food from your grocery store earlier this
week. Second, it's a heartfelt thanks for not calling the police and
having me arrested.
My family and I have been regular
customers of your store ever since we moved here from Michigan five years
ago. We know the names and faces of everyone who works there. As the
manager, you have always been helpful and kind to my family and me.
I never thought I would be put in a
situation where I felt it necessary to steal, especially steal food. I
never told anyone at the store that I lost my job at Katronics when they
closed the company and outsourced their operations to India. I was
fortunate to be able to collect unemployment checks for awhile, but those
We are scraping by on my wife's salary
and I mean really scraping. Like many people these days, our credit cards
are maxed out and what little savings we had are gone.
According to the powers that be, my wife
makes too much to qualify for food stamps. We use the Claymont Food Bank,
but they are not able to provide much help due to the increase demand for
their services. Our families back in Detroit are in worse shape than we
are, so they can't help. Everyday my wife and I brainstorm to come up with
new ways to make ends meet. Clearly, we need to find a better way to solve
our problems than resorting to shoplifting.
It's a sad situation all around and our
tale of woe is not unique. However, what is unique was the way you and
your staff handled the situation when you realized that I was stealing
food. I guess I was not as clever as I thought. Apparently, one of the
employees saw me put packs of ground beef under my coat and head out the
door. Obviously, they called you. When you approached me in the parking
lot you simply asked me to give the hamburger back, which I did. Then in a
truly gracious gesture you told me you were not calling the police. I'm
sure you could see the shame on my face. I appreciate the fact that you
didn't criticize or lecture me in front of the people nearby.
Again, I am very much in your debt for
not pressing charges. It's been a nightmare trying to find another job.
Having a shoplifting charge on my record would make obtaining employment
I hope that by next time I see you and
the staff you will have forgiven me for this terrible mistake. Thank you
for giving me a break when I really needed it. I promise I will always pay
for my groceries in the future. See you soon.
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Whitcomb,
You caught me stealing in your gift shop
yesterday. Even though I saw the sign in the store window stating that all
shoplifters would be prosecuted, somehow I thought I wouldn't get caught.
I didn't think a small store like yours would have a security system, but
It wasn't too long after I slid the music
box into my purse that the police came. When the police arrested me they
said your surveillance camera had a clear shot of me stealing. Of course,
their search of my purse produced the stolen merchandise. I was stunned. I
didn't know what to say when they read me my rights and took me in.
After being charged at the police
station, I had plenty of time to think about what I did. I am truly sorry
for stealing from your store. That music box was expensive. If I had
gotten away with stealing it, I would have been taking money out of your
pocket and food off of your table. I don't believe I could have been so
insensitive as to how this would effect you.
I am a single mom with a young daughter.
I'm glad she is not old enough to understand the terrible wrong I
committed against you. Regardless of a child's age, engaging in
shoplifting certainly sets a bad example, especially when it's done by a
The music box was going to be a present
for my little girl's 6th birthday next week. I couldn't afford to give her
a party and invite her friends, so she was already disappointed. I thought
the music box would be just the trick to brighten her spirits.
In a way, I'm glad you caught me. Getting
caught made me stop and think about what I could do to make it a special
day without giving a gift I couldn't afford. Then it hit me, the most
precious gift I could give would be my time and attention. Too bad all of
this didn't occur to me before I stole the music box.
In closing, I would like to assure you
that this is the first time that I have shoplifted and it won't happen
again. If you could see your way clear to drop the charges against me I
would be most grateful. However, if you decide not to drop the charges I
certainly understand. I do deserve to pay for my crime.
Again, please accept my apologies.
Alice was furious when she showed up at
my door today. She told me to stop telling the rumor about you. She said
it had spread to everyone in the neighborhood and all evidence pointed to
me as the instigator. She was correct. This malicious gossip was started
I saw a man going into your house
everyday for the last week. I didn't recognize him or the car he was
driving. He always arrived an hour or so after your husband, Lenny, left
for work. I found it even more suspicious that your "visitor"
was long gone before Lenny came home. I assumed you were cheating on your
husband and having an affair right under his nose.
It struck me as despicable and I told
everyone about it.
You and your family are new to the
neighborhood. Consequently, I know very little about you. Even so, I had
no right to spread tales about you. It doesn't matter if what I thought
was true-- it was simply none of my business.
Alice said there was a simple
explanation. She said she had talked to you several times since you moved
in. She said you were excited about your brother coming to visit. Your
brother, Ross, lives in Arkansas and you hadn't seen each other in years.
Unfortunately, Ross and your husband never got along. Alice said you had
planned the visit so the two wouldn't run into each other. She also said
your husband agreed it would be better for your brother to visit while he
was at work.
Naturally, when I heard this I felt like
a complete and utter fool.
According to Alice, you are clueless
about the gossip and who is responsible. This is why I'm admitting my
guilt and offering my earnest apology. I'm sure you are shocked, angry and
I am heartsick about what I have done. I
have unjustly attacked your character and your good name. By accusing you
of betraying your husband, I have caused other neighbors to think poorly
of you. I have taken what was supposed to be a pleasant family reunion and
turned it into something painful.
By the time you read this letter I will
have called the other neighbors and apologized for the lie I had told. I
want you to know that I have learned my lesson. I vow to keep my nose out
of other people's business.
Please try to remember that the
neighborhood has more people in it like Alice, and less people like me.
Alice is not just a good neighbor to have, but a fabulous friend. I would
do well to follow her example.
As it turned out, it is my behavior that
is despicable, not yours. To expect you to forgive me would be asking too
much, so I'm not even going to ask.
Again, I apologize most sincerely.
I am the person responsible for stealing
your watch yesterday. I feel so embarrassed and ashamed. I'm not up to
returning the watch in person, so I decided to put it in a padded mailer
with this letter and leave it on your desk when you weren't there.
I always envied your watch, a watch I
could never afford. I don't really know what came over me. When I saw it
on your desk I just picked it up, put it in my pocket and walked away.
Later I heard you frantically searching
your cubicle and asking if anyone had seen your watch. You said you were
eating lunch while working, had spilled soup on the cuff of your shirt,
and took the watch off so you wouldn't damage it while cleaning up in the
restroom. You said that when you returned the watch was gone.
I asked myself, "What's the big
deal?" It's an expensive watch, but just a watch. I figured if you
could buy one like that, you could probably afford a replacement.
Before the end of the day you made up a
flyer about your watch and gave copies to everyone in the department,
including me. In the flyer you said the watch was the last gift you'd
received from your father before he died. You said your Dad was a man of
modest means and had put aside money for over a year to buy it. The watch
was engraved and proudly given in honor of your 50th birthday. You offered
a reward and said no questions would be asked if the watch was returned.
When I read the flyer I was overcome with
guilt. Little had I realized what the true value of that watch was to you.
I couldn't concentrate on my work for the rest of the day. I knew I had to
do something to fix this mess, but didn't know what. I wanted to return
your watch right then and there, but I didn't have the guts.
At the end of the day I packed it in and
went home. It was only then that I took the watch out of my pocket. I
turned it over and read your father's touching sentiment.
I debated returning the watch anonymously
and without an apology letter. I decided against it, because you would
have looked at everyone at work with distrust and suspicion. You are good
friends with many people here. I would hate to see you unjustly think any
one of them had stolen your watch.
It's hard to believe I could be this old
and think I have a right to steal someone else's property, much less steal
something with such sentimental value. I'm begging you to please forgive
me for all the grief I have caused.
I don't deserve any favors, but I would
very much appreciate it if you kept all this under wraps.
With deep regret,
Dear Ward and Harriet,
I again want to apologize for my use of
profanity at the neighborhood barbecue you graciously hosted last weekend.
Lisa and I just moved here a month ago. Your party was a good opportunity
for us to meet everyone. Clearly, I did not make a good first impression.
I'm sorry I put you in a position where
you felt compelled to ask me to leave. I do not hold that against you. You
had other guests and their families to consider. They were justifiably
upset by the vile language spewing from my mouth.
I have no excuse whatsoever. I can't lay
blame on having "one beer too many." I only had two beers the
entire afternoon. To be honest, my constant cursing and carrying on is the
result of a longstanding bad habit.
I had a decent upbringing and a good
education. I have a rich vocabulary. There is no reason for me to resort
to constant "four letter words". When I'm in a social situation
I always start out being able to control my bad language. It usually
doesn't take long before I'm back at it and cussing like a sailor.
Unfortunately, my previous attempts to straighten up have been halfhearted
and unsuccessful. I need to find a better way to break the hold of this
atrocious habit. A habit that I have been too lazy to aggressively
I have offended young and old alike. I
have repeatedly hurt, angered and embarrassed my wife. As you can imagine,
my crude behavior makes it nearly impossible for us to socialize very much
with friends or family.
I'm ashamed I've been so rude. Obviously,
my constant use of coarse language shows a serious lack of concern for the
feelings of others, my wife included. I guess I need an old-fashioned
I want you to know that I have committed
to solving this problem. Thank you for having the courage to speak up to
me. Other than my wife, you are the only person to ever reprimand me. I
very much respect you for that.
I hope you and the rest of the neighbors
will give me a second chance. Also, please do not hold what I did against
Lisa. She very much wants to be a good friend and neighbor. So do I.