Fans of English humor love its perfect mixture of good manners, subtle sarcasm and gift for understatement. Kate Barrett of Northampton, England displayed those very qualities in a letter she penned for burglars, after she and boyfriend Dan Owens had their home ransacked recently. Just in case they decided to return again, she was prepared with this gem:
Thanks for popping by the other night and we’re sorry we didn’t have more for you to take.
As you now know, we don’t have particularly expensive tastes, so there’s no need to come in again, unless you would like to take my collection of VHS videos and cassettes — Dan is very disappointed you didn’t take these first time round.
If you would like them, just knock on the front door and ask — no need to break another patio door as it’s dreadfully hard work cleaning up all the glass.
Thanks for all the fingerprints — we really appreciated those.
Lots of love,
Kate and Dan xxx [/box]
Kate demonstrated with grace and wit that experiencing lean economic times is no cause for rudeness. Keep calm, and carry on — with tongue firmly in-cheek.