Saturday, March 20, 2010

How do you treat a thief? Julio Diaz shows us how.

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.


I'd like to think I would be so compassionate and kind. Is this how the average Unitarian Universalist would behave?

To listen to the story on NPR click here.

2 comments:

  1. "I'd like to think I would be so compassionate and kind. Is this how the average Unitarian Universalist would behave?"

    Here is how Rev. Victoria Weinstein aka Peacebang would *like* to behave. . .

    Not so compassionate or kind eh?

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  2. For the record David, here is how I recently dealt with a rather conscienceless, if not outright sociopathic. . . Canadian scam artist who scammed me and quite a few other people. With a little help from your's truly, and a victim who supplied his photo, the Mounties got their con man last Tuesday night and he is currently cooling his heels in jail in Whitehorse. :-)

    Sometimes blogs *can* lead to some justice. . .

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