Florida Paper Gets Check, Apology 50 Years Later

Posted at 7:49 AM, Oct 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-10 06:20:26-04

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Seventy-three-year-old Navy veteran Bernard Schermerhorn says he's the kind of guy who tries to follow the straight and narrow.

But during some high school hijinks more than 50 years ago, he and a buddy stole several newspaper racks that belonged to The Ledger in Florida.

They kept a handful of change and dumped the stands. Schermerhorn says it's weighed on his conscience over the years and last month he aimed to make it right.

The newspaper reports ( the former Lakeland resident sent a $200 check and an apology.

He tells the newspaper from his home in La Mesa, California, this week that he just got to thinking about the prank and decided, "Hey, send them the money. It's just not right to not pay it back."

The Ledger says the publisher planned to donate the funds to a group that helps victims of domestic sex trafficking.