A bakery has offered a job to an apologetic thief who stole a tray of brioches from a bar and returned the next day with a sorry note and EUR 10 (GBP 8).
The brioches, a bread of French origin high in egg and butter content, were stolen from the bar Alibabar 2.0 in the city of Pistoia in the Italian region of Tuscany last Monday, 11th October.
The bar posted a photo of the apology note and cash left by the thief on Facebook and gave more details about the theft.
Alibabar 2.0 said in the Facebook post that their pastry chef left a tray of brioches in the usual spot after baking them earlier in the morning.
When the other employees arrived at work, they noticed the tray was gone and they suspected it had been stolen.
The following morning, 12th October, they found a note and EUR 10 (GBP 8) exactly where the tray went missing.
The note read: “Good morning. I am sorry for the other morning, I was hungry and didn’t have money. Thank you.”
The note was accompanied with a “EUR-10 (GBP-8) banknote to compensate for the cost of the brioches”.
The bar added: “People forced to ‘steal’ because of hunger, and return with dignity to pay the debt. This is endless sadness.”
A local bakery named ‘ Degustifood’ came across the story online and decided to offer the ‘honest thief’ a job.
They added that the age and gender of the “thief” are not important and they just want to offer them a little financial peace of mind in these uncertain times.
Agnese Giannini, from Degustifood, told the news site Fanpage: “The thief made a desperate gesture, but then also returned the money. We are looking for you and we would love to help you. For the situation we live in, it could happen to each of us, it could happen to our neighbour.”
If the person shows up, they are planning to carry out an interview and evaluate them for working as a waiter, assistant pastry chef, assistant cook, cashier, or lab worker.
Agnese Giannini concluded: “They would lend us a hand to us and we would lend a hand to them. If they are a worthy person, they are part of our group.”
As of 20th October, the pastry thief is yet to come forward and accept the job offer.