PAY IT BACK: Former server repays stolen money from Tucson restaurant

Paying it back

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A former server at a popular Tucson restaurant is repaying money she says she stole from the establishment in the 1990s.

Ray Flores, owner of El Charro Cafe in Tucson, wrote on Facebook that he received an anonymous written letter from the former employee.


The woman, who signed the letter as "A Thankful Former Employee" states that, "One of the waiters I worked with had encouraged me to 'forget' to ring in a few drinks a shift and pocket the cash."

She said she "knew better" and hadn't stolen a dime before or since then.

"It's been 20 years, but I still carry great remorse. I am very sorry that I stole from you. Please accept my apology + this money as repayment + 20 years of interest. May God forever bless you + your family," the letter states.

Flores posted on Facebook that, "You don't always have to tell someone who you are to make things right for you both. This made our week!"

Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson, Arizona is the nation's oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family, the restaurant's website explains.

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