Stolen Guitar Returned By Honest Internet User
“Do you want to hear the good news or the bad news?” My guitar instructor had a look on his face, and I knew he was only employing that expression for effect; there would be no good news. He walked me through the sad tale of a smash-and-grab that happened the day before. He was left with a broken car window and a missing guitar. He told me about the many customizations he’d made to his instrument. The guitar had been in a gig bag, which also contained an effects pedal and an expensive guitar/computer accessory. Surprisingly, he still pulled off a great lesson that day.
A week later, he smiled at me and showed me his guitar. The stolen guitar had been returned, along with an amazing story.
After the guitar was stolen, it was purchased on the street by a man who had hoped to present it to his nephew as a gift. The new owner was curious about his purchase and went online to learn more about it. He performed a search on the Internet, entering all of the words that were engraved on the guitar. Rather than retrieving manufacturing information, the search engine brought back reports of the stolen instrument, along with the name of the owner. The person picked up the phone and contacted my guitar teacher. He said, “I may be out $300, but I should return this to its rightful owner.”
I’m happy to hear that there are still honest people left in the world. My guitar instructor said the man wouldn’t take money for the guitar. He ended up giving him a Starbucks gift card. I hope that man receives all the good karma he deserves.
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