Kid's Sweet Apology To Neighbor For Stealing Goes Viral Over Sad Twist

by Alexandra Strickler

Regardless of what you think you see of a person, everyone has their own internal battles to fight every single day. And nothing drives that point home harder than this story.

A California woman woke up one day to discover one of her outdoor wind chimes had been stolen.

At a later point, she discovered a note on her front door:


The slightly crumpled note had a five dollar bill attached to it, and the handwriting appeared to be that of a child.


The note read,

I am sorry that we stole your wind chimes. Our mom died and liked butterflies, so my sister took it and put it by our window. I am sorry this is only money I have please do not be mad.

The apology was signed simply at the end, "Jake."

Chrissy Marie posted a picture of the note to her Facebook page on March 3.

She wrote in the post,

Well Jake, I not sure who you are but you can come get your money back sweetie. I had 3 of those wind chimes you can come back get your money back and have 1 also so both of you have your own. I am not mad please come over to my house.

In the comments section of her post, Chrissy explained she has tried knocking on doors in her neighborhood, though a foot injury has kept her from covering more ground.

She also said her landlord has heard there are several Jakes in nearby schools, so tracking down the right Jake will likely be a difficult task.

Since discovering the note on her door, Chrissy took it upon herself to start a Facebook group called "Jakes Butterfly."

In the description of the group, she wrote,

So I have created this group after the numerous requests that we have one place that I can update everyone and that Jake whomever he might be or wherever he is can see positive comments to him. There is to much negativity on the web and I am worried about him being scared and embarrassed. I do not want that.

I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING.