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How a young Burger 55 customer owned up to her mistake

Burger 55 owner Chris Boehm wants to get in contact with Bethany Smith of Meridian, ID, who sent an apology letter and two $1 American bills. Smith wrote she forgot to pay for her pop when she visited Boehm's shop last summer.
January 16, 2014 - 3:35 PM


PENTICTON - A hand-written apology over a minor case of dine-and-dash has Burger 55's owner Chris Boehm eager to contact the guilty party.

Yesterday the owner of the iconic burger shop received a mailed letter from a girl named Bethany from Meridian, Idaho. Inside was a hand-written message and two $1 American bills. The letter states Bethany, who appears to be a youth, visited Burger 55 with her family last summer but she left without paying for her pop.

"Over the summer I came to visit some family. I took some pop without paying for it. I feel really bad about it. I don't remember how much it costed (sic). So here is $2 to pay for the pop. I will never do it again. I promise. I hope you will forgive me."

While she might have forgotten to pay for her drink she didn't appear to forget what she did, Boehm said. He also forgave her.

"She probably held on to (the guilt) for a few months and it probably bugged her and bugged her. And finally she let someone know what happened," he said. "And even though she did something wrong, it felt good to see it wasn't forgotten about. It was dealt with and I'm sure there was good parenting involved with that."

Boehm put a photo of the letter and the two American $1 bills on Burger 55's Facebook page which quickly exploded with hundreds of views, likes and shares. He also emailed a copy to Ellen Degeneres with the hope it'll appear on the comedian's daytime talk show.

It's hoped someone will see the letter and recognize the name. Boehm said he'd love to get in touch with Bethany and her family.

As for the letter and the American money it's going under glass for display at Burger 55.

"It's a feel-good-thing."

To contact a reporter for this story, email Shannon Quesnel at, call 250-488-3065 or tweet @InfoNewsPentict.

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