This story is almost too good to be true.
The staff at Dublin Airport's car park got a fairly unbelievable surprise today when they received a letter from a woman who left without paying her parking fee back in 2008.
That’s right, nine bloody years ago.
Back in December 2008, an unnamed customer was leaving the car park at Dublin Airport following a four-day trip.
The woman was having trouble with payment when she got to the exit barriers (we’ve all been there) so a man in car park security let her out through the barrier – with the promise that she’d pay the €50 fee when she got home.
Alas, she never got around to paying it, but this week, nine years later she made up for it by sending a cheque for €50 accompanied by a box of Maltesers.
Crippling nine-year guilt? Or perhaps she just remembered the incident now? The letter read:
I explained my predicament to a very nice gentleman on car park security when I pressed the help button who kindly agreed to allow me to retrieve my car and leave the car park with my child and I promised to make payment in the sum of €50.00 as soon as I got home.
Between one thing and another I never got around to paying your company until now.
She went on to say sorry for the rather long delay:
Please accept my sincere apologies for the late payment.
Please accept the enclosed box of chocolates as a small gesture of thanks for your patience re payment and if you have any way of tracing the gentleman who assisted me on 27.12.2008 please give him a box also and tell him to thank you very much for your kindness to me and my young child.
Regardless, fair play to her, even if it did take her almost an entire decade to cough up.