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Mugger apologizes to victim on Facebook 35 years later
YahooNews ^ | 12/2/2013 | Dylan Stableford

Posted on 12/02/2013 2:13:54 PM PST by raybbr

A man who mugged a stranger outside New York's American Museum of Natural History in the late 1970s has apologized to his victim after accidentally finding him on Facebook — 35 years later.

Last month, Michael Goodman, 53, was browsing a Facebook post about the closing of H&H Bagels, a popular New York City bagel chain, when he saw Claude Soffel, his mugging victim, among the commenters. Goodman, who now lives in Hilo, Hawaii, decided to publicly apologize — in the comments section.

"You may not remember this," Goodman wrote on Nov. 19, "but a long, long time ago I walked up the steps of The Museum of Natural History one afternoon, trying to look like a tough guy.

“I have never forgotten the incident or your name (it has sort of haunted me a bit throughout my life) [and] then here I am … reading about my favorite bagel store in the world closing down, and [whose] name do I see but yours,” he continued. “Finally I can say — I’M VERY SORRY that you had to go through that crap that day long ago. I wish it had never happened but it did.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Society
Wish I could post the whole story. It's worth reading. Not a lot more to read to get the whole story.
1 posted on 12/02/2013 2:13:54 PM PST by raybbr
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To: raybbr
"You may not remember this,"

2 posted on 12/02/2013 2:18:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: raybbr

What about Jerry Seinfeld mugging that old lady for her Marble Rye - he met her again, but never apologized.....

3 posted on 12/02/2013 2:33:29 PM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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This mugger is a liberal for sure. He’s learned how to apologize from Obama. Read his so-called “apology” again.

Notice his “apology” is not an apology at all, typical of the way leftists look at the world where they are never responsible for anything that they do wrong. Much like Obama said he’s sorry that people relied on what he said (he blames them) about being able to keep their insurance policies instead of telling them the truth that they would not be able to keep their polices (he’s denying the responsibility & blame off of himself & projecting the responsibility and the blame onto the public), the mugger says he’s sorry that the victim had to go through the crap that they did as a result of what he did to them.

He never actually apologizes for what HE did to the victim. He never actually apologizes by saying he’s sorry for mugging the person he attacked. He projects the responsibility and blame onto the victim by making it about them instead of about himself.

Its called a non-apology apology.

4 posted on 12/02/2013 3:29:30 PM PST by HotHunt
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You nailed it, it reads like something a mother would write after her kid swiped a couple tomatoes out of the garden belonging to the little old lady next door.

I would have been inclined to respond a LOT different than Soffel.

5 posted on 12/02/2013 3:58:06 PM PST by DeepInTheHeartOfTexas
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My opinion:
There are some FReepers who need to climb down from their high moral horse. This guy has been bothered by what he did many years ago.
He knew it was stupid. He felt remorse. He acted on that remorse when the opportunity presented itself - He apologized.
His 'victim.' accepted the apology in the grace and spirit in which it was offered.
Case closed. Lesson over.
Its none of our, as outsiders, business.

Having said this, I will offer that its a lot "easier" to apologize over the internet than face-to-face.

Many of us done something in our life that has caused harm or discomfort to others and felt remorse about it.
My self included. Some of us have remorse about these things and seek forgiveness in different ways.
This guy found a way to make personal contact (well over the internet) with the other person and gain that forgiveness.

Good for him......(lecture over)
6 posted on 12/02/2013 5:27:31 PM PST by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum -- "The Taliban is inside the building")
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I hope the guy consulted a lawyer before issuing the apology.It's my understanding that the statute of limitations “clock” stops if you leave the state in which the crime occurred.*If* I'm correct and *if* the mugger left NY before the statute kicks in he can still be charged with the crime.
7 posted on 12/02/2013 8:22:54 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Osama Obama Care: A Religion That Will Have You On Your Knees!)
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