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wutamess
03-29-2008, 04:48 AM
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89164759

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March 28, 2008 Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.
But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.
He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy approached and pulled out a knife.
"He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go,'" Diaz says.
As the teen began to walk away, Diaz told him, "Hey, wait a minute. You forgot something. If you're going to be robbing people for the rest of the night, you might as well take my coat to keep you warm."
The would-be robber looked at his would-be victim, "like what's going on here?" Diaz says. "He asked me, 'Why are you doing this?'"
Diaz replied: "If you're willing to risk your freedom for a few dollars, then I guess you must really need the money. I mean, all I wanted to do was get dinner and if you really want to join me ... hey, you're more than welcome.
"You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help," Diaz says.
Diaz says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth.
"The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say hi," Diaz says. "The kid was like, 'You know everybody here. Do you own this place?'"
"No, I just eat here a lot," Diaz says he told the teen. "He says, 'But you're even nice to the dishwasher.'"
Diaz replied, "Well, haven't you been taught you should be nice to everybody?"
"Yea, but I didn't think people actually behaved that way," the teen said.
Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. "He just had almost a sad face," Diaz says.
The teen couldn't answer Diaz — or he didn't want to.
When the bill arrived, Diaz told the teen, "Look, I guess you're going to have to pay for this bill 'cause you have my money and I can't pay for this. So if you give me my wallet back, I'll gladly treat you."
The teen "didn't even think about it" and returned the wallet, Diaz says. "I gave him $20 ... I figure maybe it'll help him. I don't know."
Diaz says he asked for something in return — the teen's knife — "and he gave it to me."
Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, "You're the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch."
"I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It's as simple as it gets in this complicated world."

DenverChief
03-29-2008, 05:28 AM
"I figure, you know, if you treat people right, you can only hope that they treat you right. It's as simple as it gets in this complicated world."

and that is the bottom line

Ari Chi3fs
03-29-2008, 09:53 AM
THanks Wutamess... good stuff. I just posted it on my site... great content.

http://cultivategreatness.com/2008/03/29/a-victim-treats-his-mugger-right

Sully
03-29-2008, 09:55 AM
GREAT story. Best one I've read in a long time. Absolutely inspiring.

milkman
03-29-2008, 09:55 AM
Dumbass kid.

Hasn't he ever heard of a "dine and dash"?

Sure-Oz
03-29-2008, 10:03 AM
great story, i would've beat the kids ass....

maybe that little thing will go a long way for that kid

ZootedGranny
03-29-2008, 10:13 AM
"Sounds plausible."

http://www.hbo.com/thewire/img/castcrew/character_season05/character/scotttempleton.jpg

Just playin.

Brock
03-29-2008, 10:17 AM
It's unfortunate that in NYC, you're not allowed to protect yourself. The only amazing thing about this story is that he didn't end up with his throat cut.

BigMeatballDave
03-29-2008, 10:24 AM
Wow. Thanks for sharing.

chagrin
03-29-2008, 12:02 PM
THanks Wutamess... good stuff. let me spam the board for a sec, you know because I really care

http://iamspam.com/2008/03/29/a-victim-treats-his-mugger-right


FYP

evolve27
03-29-2008, 12:30 PM
What a hero.

Iowanian
03-29-2008, 12:34 PM
It would have been just as appealing of a story if he'd have unhostered his licensed concealed weapon from his belt holster, and made certain this guy committed no more violent crime.

wutamess
03-29-2008, 12:57 PM
It would have been just as appealing of a story if he'd have unhostered his licensed concealed weapon from his belt holster, and made certain this guy committed no more violent crime.


Sad but somehow brutally true.
People that take from other people are the lowest scum of the earth to me.

Un-productive to society... What's the point of them?
One less robber in the streets.

el borracho
03-29-2008, 01:05 PM
What a pussy! I'm gonna fly to the Bronx just to kick this guys ass.

Iowanian
03-29-2008, 05:18 PM
Sad but somehow brutally true.
People that take from other people are the lowest scum of the earth to me.

Un-productive to society... What's the point of them?
One less robber in the streets.

It was a nice gesture, don't get me wrong. I understand having empathy for people....but People who use knives and guns to rob people, often hurt or kill them. Its not a jaywalker.

I hope they follow the kid around in this "feel good story" and see how long it takes him to rob someone else. He's not going to have some epiphany-conversion to the good side because this guy unholstered kindness instead of a magazine of hollowpoints.

JohninGpt
03-29-2008, 05:51 PM
What a pussy! I'm gonna fly to the Bronx just to kick this guys ass.

For an ass-kickin' you can probably get dinner and a hooker.