Thief

A ‘considerate’ thief sent his victim an email to apologise after stealing his laptop. Image via Unsplash

โ€˜A considerate thiefโ€™: Robber emails victim after stealing his laptop

‘If there are any other files that you need please alert me’: The ‘kind’ thief offered to help his victim before selling the device.

Thief

A ‘considerate’ thief sent his victim an email to apologise after stealing his laptop. Image via Unsplash

How often do you ever hear the words “considerate” and “thief” in the same sentence and used consecutively? Well, one South African criminal is being described in the most beautiful way on social media after stealing a laptop and later emailing his victim to apologise and find out if there is anything he needs.

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‘KIND’ LAPTOP THIEF OFFERS TO ‘HELP’ HIS VICTIM

A tweet by Twitter user Zwelithini (@zweli_thixo) on Sunday 30 October has gone viral after he shared that the person who stole his laptop later sent him an email.

And it wasn’t just any ordinary email. It appears the criminal was feeling guilty for his actions and wanted to explain his decision and was also “kind” enough to offer his victim “help”.

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Zwelithini, who admitted that he does not know how to feel about this “gesture”, shared a screenshot of the email. In it, the robber attached a research proposal that he was working on and asked that he gets back to him if he needed any other documents sent to him.

“Bro howzit, I know I stole your laptop yesterday. I needed the money as I have been struggling to make ends meet.

“I see that you were busy with a research proposal, I have attached it and if the are any other files that you need please alert me before Monday 12:00 since I have found a customer. Once again ngiyaxolisa [I’m sorry] bro,” the thief wrote.

TWEEPS REACT

Zwelithini’s tweet received all kinds of responses including one from radio and TV presenter Anele Mdoda who laughed and wrote: “I would offer to be the one who buys it back shame.”

Another tweep said it was a reflection of bad governance as good people were resorting to crime to survive.

“This weirdly makes me sad. People are out here resorting to theft to make it through, but it’s not always because they’re malicious. This country just doesn’t provide any other mechanisms for them to survive. The fact that he sent this email proves how badly we’re failing people.”