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I'm Sorry


It's never too late to say, "I'm sorry" – and now one man has lifted a huge burden off his shoulders. In the late 1970s, 18-year-old Michael Goodman wanted to prove to his buddies that he was tough by mugging another teenager on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Goodman spotted Claude Soffel, reached into his pocket, and swiped his bus pass. However, cops saw what he'd done and cuffed him. He was eventually sentenced to three weeks of community service. But it wasn't over for him. Goodman says he spent the rest of his life feeling horrible about what he had done, and now, thanks to Facebook, he can finally put it behind him. While reading comments about a New York bagel shop on a Facebook page, he noticed the name Claude Soffel and posted an apology to him the comments section. He wrote, "You may not remember this, but a long, long time ago I walked up the steps of [the museum] one afternoon, trying to look like a tough guy and saw you standing there at the top of the steps. I walked up to you and mugged you for your bus pass." He adds, "Finally I can say I'm very sorry that you had to go through that crap that day long ago.” Soffel later accepted his apology saying, "Clearly you’re a 'bigger man' today. Memory is a funny thing. I recognize your name now as well. Any man who draws a line for himself [and says], ‘Today I step forward for myself, my family, and humanity’ is a hero to me. So let us now, jointly, put this in its proper place, behind us.” Goodman tells the New York Post that a very large weight has been lifted off his shoulders.
Slacker thinks it cool. Slacker is having a huge family rift and would like it to be over after 10 years. He is not sorry for what started it but is sorry that it has lasted so long and gone so far. I don’t even understand why we are here. I can’t even point my finger at why we don’t talk anymore. I miss my brother dearly.

Steve robbed a guy of tens of thousands of dollars of booze. He was insured though. If it happens to me it is different. Steve thinks apologize is not the word to use. You should say I’m sorry. It’s therapeutic to say you are sorry for something you know was wrong. Get it off your chest.

Is there something you've done that you need to apologize for?

I want to apologize to my old best friend we aren’t friends anymore per his choice through drama from his jealous pregnant girlfriend. I lashed out too quickly in an immature manner that was foolish and wrong. I stooped to her level and that is not my style. He needed me to be an adult as I always am. I was just tired of the stupidity that he constantly involves himself with. I’m sorry for not being the friend you needed.


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12/04/2013 7:22PM
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