Talk about a change of heart.
Two Chinese kidnappers, identified only by their last names –- Lu and Xie -- grabbed an 11-year-old girl in hopes of getting a hefty ransom in return for her release, Shanghai Daily reported. However, once the pair learned that the girl’s family was poor, and there was no way that they would be able to come up with the more than $160,000 they were demanding, Lu and Xie decided to set the girl free and give her about $80, too.
The girl was unharmed and the two were caught and punished. Lu will serve four years for his crime Xie will serve five.
While it sure is unusual for criminals to change courses while they’re in the midst of carrying out a scheme, it does happen every once in a while.
Last month, burglars broke into a San Bernardino, Calif., nonprofit that helps victims of sexual violence and made off with six computers with hard drives, a laptop and a bag of valuables, NBC Los Angeles reported.
But, once the thieves realized that they had stolen from the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services, they returned the items and left a pretty heartwarming note, too.
“We had no idea what we were takeing [sic]. Here your stuff back. We hope that you guys can continue to make a difference in peoples [sic] live. God bless,” the note read.
Everyone involved, police and the organization’s employees, were stunned and elated.
"We were all pretty shocked," Candy Stallings, the nonprofit’s executive director, told the news outlet. "You've got to be kidding me. I was in disbelief, I got chills, I got very emotional."