I am writing to the person who through a lit cigarette butt onto my 2 year old daughter recently. I hesitated for some time before posting this; after all, bad things happen to good people all the time.
But this incident happened to a child, and it caused her pain. I want you to know the effects of your careless actions, so that hopefully you won't repeat your action and harm another person - vulnerable or otherwise.
You are someone who was in a flat on the north face (Queen Elizabeth Street
) of Boss House at around 8am on Tuesday April 21. You had your window open and pitched a lit cigarette butt out the window.
Perhaps you aimed directly for my infant daughter, who was being pushed in a pram below, or perhaps you just carelessly threw out the butt as a deliberate act of stupidity.
Yes, deliberate stupidity. It was rush hour on a beautiful, bright workday morning. Most of the street was still closed off to construction works related to the building opposite, so this forced all pedestrian and cycle traffic in that stretch of the street to the narrow pavement below your window. The construction had been there for weeks, so you must have been very well aware of the restricted passage below.
Cigarette butts don't sprout wings and fly away on their own. This was thrown. I'm curious - were you hoping to hit someone on the busy pavement, or did you want something more exciting, like an open gas line maybe, in the construction works?
Whatever the intent, the lit butt landed on my daugter's body. It burned through her jacket and shirt. It burned her tender skin. She was screaming, my wife was distraught. It was only thanks to the quick actions of a passerby who saw what happened, and brushed the hot cigarette off my daughter that the burn wasn't worse. We thank God it didn't land in her eye, or set her hair alight.
Where do we go from here? You can hide, of course you can. We don't have CCTV evidence (we've asked for it) and we didn't see your face. By all means you can live in the knowledge for the rest of your life, that you burned a little girl, causing her to fear her pram and have nightmares.
Or, you can come forward to do the honourble thing and apologise.
Up to you.