Woman comes clean for steal­ing soap 18 years later

Global Times - - Mosaic -

A He­nan Prov­ince woman who for years felt re­morse for steal­ing a bar of soap when she was 12 tried to make up for the crime 100-fold.

The woman sur­named Qu, now 30, ar­rived at the Zhoutian depart­ment store in Yichuan on Fri­day with 100 bars of per­fume soap – the same kind she had shoplifted 18 years ago.

Qu ex­plained that at the time, her mother had re­ally wanted the pa­paya-scented soap but couldn’t af­ford it.

“This has been a weight on my heart all these years,” Qu told a store em­ployee, video shows, “…be­cause it’s the worst thing I’ve done in my life.”

The store’s owner was deeply moved by the ges­ture and paid the soap for­ward to san­i­ta­tion work­ers free of charge.

Qu said the whole ex­pe­ri­ence has been very ther­a­peu­tic.

“Last year I was suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion but now I’m bet­ter,” said Qu, “Now I treat ev­ery day as if it was my last.”

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