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A remorseful thief has made amends for his childhood behaviour by contacting the supermarket he stole from 43 years ago.

Belle Vale Shopping Centre in Liverpool, UK took to Facebook to say their faith in humanity had been restored after receiving a letter and a £5 note in the mail.

“I stole two bars of chocolate from Woolworths in your shopping centre in 1975, when I was a little boy,” the note read.

“I apologise, I didn’t know any better here’s the money I owe you for them.”

After four decades, the supermarket he stole from was unfortunately no longer in business, meaning his £5 ($AU8.92) will be donated to the centre’s chosen charity – Zoe’s Place baby hospice.

“In a time of division, it is great to see an act of kindness that restores faith in humanity,” a spokesperson for the shopping centre told the Liverpool Echo.

“Belle Vale Shopping Centre wants to thank the sender and acknowledge his apology. It is a positive message that is worth sharing to encourage all to be kind.”

The gesture, however, drew mixed reactions from social media, with many wondering why the adult had the handwriting of a child.

“Why does it look like a kid wrote this when it’s clearly a fully grown adult,” one man asked.

“As an adult I love the way he’s spelt chocolate,” another added.

“That’s why Woolworths went under,” one woman joked.

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