California man apologizes for broken brick taken from Portland sidewalk 50 years ago

Published: Jan. 31, 2022 at 6:40 PM EST
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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) - A California man recently sent an apology letter to the city of Portland 50 years after his daughter took a broken brick while they were on vacation in Maine.

Roy Pitts said in the letter that his daughter wanted a souvenir from the trip.

Pitts said he told her it was OK but wrote in the letter that his wife was worried because they stole a piece of a sidewalk.

Included with the letter was $5 to cover the cost of the brick.

Portland’s finance director said he was the lucky one to open the letter from Pitts.

“Well, I thought it was pretty endearing. You just think about this thing that’s been weighing on this person’s conscience, and they took the time to handwrite a letter with that note. So, I definitely shared that with the team here both in finance and also public works. They thought that it was pretty funny,” Portland Finance Director Brandon O’Connell said.

In the letter, Pitts wrote that he hopes the $5 stops the worrying in his house and makes amends for all his wrongdoings.

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