A woman has sent $1000 to a restaurant she used to work at as an apology for stealing - even though she left the company over 20 years ago.

Waitress apologises for stealing 20 years later

Waitress apologises for stealing 20 years later

The anonymous woman used to work as a waitress at the El Charro restaurant in Arizona during the 90s and recently sent in the hefty sum along with a letter of apology admitting she used to ''forget'' to ring in some drinks and pocket the cash.

The note - which was posted on Facebook - read: ''One of the waiters I worked with had encouraged me to 'forget' to ring in a few drinks a shift and pocket the cash. And for some stupid reason, I did it.

''I grew up in the church, I knew better. I hadn't stolen a dime before then, nor have I since. Thankfully, I was a terrible waitress and you all fired me before it could amount to more than a few hundred dollars total.''

Despite the number of years that had passed the former waitress still felt ''great remorse'' and asked the family-run business to accept her apology along with ''money as a repayment + 20 years of interest.''

Speaking to KVOA-TV, the owner said: ''I don't know where she's at or who she is but I will tell you one thing. I hope that she's read or has seen what an impact this has made not only on me, my family, my business but where it will go in the future so I hope she keeps looking to see what we're doing with it.''