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Facebook Brings Together A Robber And His Victim 34 Years Later

"I never forgotten the incident or your name... it has sort of haunted me a bit throughout my life."

Posted on November 30, 2013, at 6:18 p.m. ET

This is Michael Goodman. Thirty four years ago he stole Claude Soffel's bus pass on the steps of The Museum of Natural History to prove he was in a gang.

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This is Claude Soffel.

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It turns out Goodman still feels really, really bad about this crime.

Earlier this month, Goodman was perusing his Facebook when he stumbled upon a story about his favorite New York City bagel store that was closing.

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Claude Soffel had left a comment on the thread.

Somehow Goodman recognized Claude, even though they both looked a lot different 34 years ago!

Soffel, left, and Goodman, right.
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Soffel, left, and Goodman, right.

Goodman took the opportunity to finally seek forgiveness from Soffel, telling him in a Facebook comment that he has "never forgotten the incident or your name" and that it has "sort of haunted me a bit throughout my life."

"Here I am on fb. reading about my favorite bagel store in the world closing down, & who's name do I see but yours & your quote about 2 salt bagels & the Dublin house (which I used to go to all the time, & get 1 onion & 1 salt bagel & eat it at the Dublin back in the day!) & my brain was blown! Finally I can say ~ I"M VERY SORRY that you had to go through that crap that day long ago, I wish it had never happened but it did."

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Claude responded quickly, calling Goodman a "bigger man" and accepting his apology.

Then today, Goodman wrote back.

Soffle hasn't responded yet, but it seems like the two men have made up, even if it took a very long time.

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