Following the theft of a piece of ancient marble while on a vacation to Rome, an American, overwhelmed with guilt has chosen to return the marble and beg for forgiveness.
Sources report that the National Roman Museum was given a package containing a piece of marble with the words “To Sam, love Jess, Rome 2017” in addition to an apology letter where the sender described their guilt for taking the piece and begged forgiveness.
The apology note read: “Please forgive me for being such an American a–hole,” they wrote. “I took something that was not mine to take. I feel terrible for not only having taken this item from its rightful place, but having written on it as well … I spent hours trying to remove the writing, but without success.”
Stéphanie Verger, the director of the museum stated that the marble shard was taken form a site such as the Roman Forum which contains a various number of ruins and that the shard reportedly had little value. She was however touched by the gesture.
“In 2017 she must have come to Rome, and took this fragment of marble in order to gift it to her boyfriend,” Said Verger. “It made an impact on me precisely because she is young — she understood that she had made a mistake.”
It’s currently unknown as to what led the American to return the marble piece back to the museum though Verger believes that it was inspired by a case in October regarding a Canadian tourist called “Nicole” who returned 5 artifacts that she had stolen from the site of Pompeii. “Nicole” also reportedly sent them back with an apology note claiming that the items stolen did nothing but cause her and her family bad luck.
The letter from “Nicole” read as follows: “We are good people and I don’t want to pass this curse on to my family or children. For this forgive me for the gesture made years ago, I learned my lesson,” she said according to sources. “I just want to shake off the curse that has fallen on me and my family. Please accept these artifacts so that you do the right thing for the mistake I made. I am so sorry, one day I will return to your beautiful country to apologize in person.”
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