“OMG car thief people can you just give me my van back!,” she wrote. “It would be epic, the miracle I need right now.”
Kansas City, Missouri’s KCTV is reporting that something both bizarre and wonderful happened last week. Megan Bratten, a single mother of five, had her van stolen…stay with me here.
When Bratten walked out of the Kmart store near U.S. Highway 24 and Missouri Highway 291, her van was gone.
“An older gentlemen was like, ‘Are you OK?’ and I said ‘No, I think my car just got stolen,'” she said.
It was her work van. The van Bratten uses for her business to provide for her five children.
“I just got angry and then I remembered that phone was in there and I thought ‘Let me text them a message’ and I did,” Bratten said.
So, she sent a text to the thief. She cursed him out as we all would but kept texting and told them that she had to have the van for work and that by taking it they weren’t just stealing a van, they were destroying her life, that it would be a miracle if they returned it. Their response was stunning. The thief sent her detailed instructions on where the van would be left so she could come get it and told her:
“I do feel bad…my kids needed a meal on the table so that’s what their dad did got them food. I know its wrong but it’s been so hard since I lost my job.”
Bratten felt so heartened by the return that she opted not to call the police.
“I can really relate on the human level of the struggle of feeling desperate and making poor choices. I can understand how people act out of fear making poor choices. What matters in the end, he really did the right thing,” she said.