Mugger Apologizes to Victims 35 Years Later

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

A 53-year-old man proves it’s never too late for an apology.

Michael Goodman, 53, who mugged a stranger on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History, 35 years ago, finally got to say sorry via Facebook, according to the New York Post.

Goodman held up Claude Soffel, 52, for his bus pass in the late 1970s. He said the incident haunted him throughout his life.

Recently, he spotted Soffel’s name in a Facebook post, and saw it as his chance to seek forgiveness.

“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,” Goodman posted. “I have never forgotten the incident or your name.” “Finally I can say — I’M VERY SORRY that you had to go through that crap that day long ago.”

Soffel, who is now a life coach, remembered the teenage mugger and accepted his apology.

“Clearly you’re a ‘bigger man’ today,” Soffel responded. “Memory is a funny thing. I recognize your name now as well.”

Click to read more.

1 Comment

  • Joe Code stud

    If all the young thugs today stood back and realized that 20/30 years from now, if they still managed not to get shot for street cred, they may look back at their thuggery and likely miss a great opportunity.

Comments are closed.