This article really impressed me...


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I'm the kind of person that generally feels a violent animosity for crime and the criminals that commit said crimes.

But every once in a while, a story pops up that really challenges that viewpoint, like this one:

A Victim Treats His Mugger Right : NPR

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."

Do you think there would be less crime on the streets, if we ourselves took a few steps to be more understanding of others?
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wow, amazing story. goes to show you that just about anything is possible when you handle a situation calmly.


Certified Shitlord
Call me cynical, that guy is an idiot. I'm sorry, I really appreciate the concern and care of that guy, but you really have to ask yourself what the chances are that he would have done nothing or have been hurt.

He got lucky and this is a great story, but this isn't a great idea.


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That story helps confirm my hunch that courage and compassion walk hand-in-hand. I think we could all do with more of both traits.


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He got lucky and this is a great story, but this isn't a great idea.
Agreed, however some people would rather take the risk and try to help the guy than just let him walk away.

It's risky though and I give him props for what he did. That kid needs to go home and rethink his plans for his life. He could work at a minimum wage job and probably make more money than he would by stealing wallets all day long.

This guy probably left a lasting impression on him.


Certified Shitlord
Yeah the guy has guts, but I still don't think that was a great idea.


Registered Member
Teens are pretty influential. If it was just a kid I think Diaz figured his odds were pretty good on getting through. To be honest is the guy is a social worker he probably has a lot of experiences dealing with teens who are in those situations. I can imagine a teacher doing something similar. Hell I know my dad has done dumb things like that to try to help teens out. Being a religion teacher he is always trying to help people out and see the good in people.

Now say the guy was some 28 29 year old who had been constantly given the short end of the stick...

Doubt it would have ended so happily ever after.

Also for every half-dozen of these feel good stories there are probably 100 or more that end poorly.
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Hell, It's about time!
Good story... but nine times out of ten the robber could give a rats ass. If they have that much of a disregard for my life i'll reciprocate that fact with the muzzle of my gun. It's a crazy world, and I think this guy just got lucky with some scared kid. Most robbers I'm sure are career criminals and would slit your throat for some petty cash given the opportunity.


Supreme System Lord
If he did that on our streets he would be in a hospital bed now in the intensive care unit.

A good story though, he was foolish and wise at the same time. It just goes to show everyone has a consciounce and feelings.