TM reader Jason tipped us off to this awesome piece of holiday news from CantonRep.com:
Mel Yoder didn’t know what to make of the box that recently showed up outside his home. The package — cardboard held together with tape — had his name repeatedly scrawled across the sides. […] It turns out that the package was dropped off by a snake of sorts, a thief who long ago stole Yoder’s circular saw. It took five decades for the guilt-ridden party to return it.
The circ saw — a Porter-Cable, by the way — was stolen from Yoder’s truck when he stopped for coffee after a job back in 1959 or 1960. He told CantonRep that “the loss hurt, but he never bothered to file a police report; he just moved on.”
Be sure to check out the article for the full story. It’s so nice to hear this kind of story around Christmas time, isn’t it? I love that Yoder’s so forgiving about the whole thing. That’s worth thinking about if you ever consider helping yourself to something in the back of a contractor’s truck: Just picture the hard-working guy shrugging and heading to the store to hand over that measly profit for a replacement.
Or think about the time Sean and I saw some landscapers just about beat the living crap out of a guy who considered kiping tools from the back of some other guy’s truck. You never know who’s watching.
50 Years Later, Thief Returns Stolen Saw [CantonRep.com]