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A Victim Treats his Mugger to Dinner

Social worker Julio Diaz was walking to a diner in the Bronx when a teenager pulled a knife on him. After handing over his wallet, Diaz offered the mugger his coat as well. The teen was even more surprised when Diaz asked him to join him for dinner.
"You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help," Diaz says.

After they ate, Diaz told the teen he’d have to pay for dinner, since he didn’t have his wallet. The teen handed the wallet back, and Diaz gave him twenty dollars, although he did ask for the knife, which the teen handed over.
"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."

Listen to the entire story at NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=89164759 -via reddit

I think Mr. Diaz has been watching one too many movies. I am all for compassion and understanding, and I am sure he meant well, but who's to say this mugger won't be doing the same thing to another person? In that case he has failed to turn in this criminal. I am not too compassionate over others who violate the rights of others with potential harm.
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I note that this story somehow made the media.
Read the linked story - this is just self promotion. No corroboration whatsoever.
Well at least he's not the complete idiot he first looked.
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I dunno, I love the idea behind the story, and a lot of it makes sense to me. I for one really hope it's true, because it's rather beautiful.
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I heard this story on NPR Friday morning. It seems to be true with corroboration available from the people at the diner where Mr. Diaz eats dinner.

His mother made the comment that, as a child, if someone asked Julio what time it was, "he'd give them his watch".

It sounded to me as though Mr. Diaz had made a potentially tremendous impact on the other man's life. At least more so than that offered by the criminal justice system.
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I don't agree with Geekazoid. I think treating the mugger to dinner and talking things over is much better therapy than going to jail. If I were a teenage mugger this would certainly change my perspective (certainly its hard to say for sure).
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This approach also enables you to get in a better position for gaining information about the mugger. His name, where he lives, etc. etc. That information you could either give to the police, or to get even in some other way, by fucking his life up. :-)
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It's not such an amazing story when you consider all the people who might have offered to hand over more or ask their assailant to dinner and were then shot or stabbed. Those stories don't usually make the news as there's no one alive or willing to talk about them.
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If true, it's like an episode of "Due South" come to life!
I always wished there might actually be people like Our Favorite Mountie in the real world.
Can't believe all the negativity I'm seeing here.
Breaks the heart.
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Seriously people. Of course a situation like this could potentially turn out worse, but that's not a reason to turn down an opportunity to do some real good. Real or fake, it's a great example or how people can use hope to help improve the world.

Mthw 5:40
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One thing I noticed, the dude looks pretty big, so that might have given him some confidence. Plus, if he's a social worker, or whatever, he might be able to gauge the relative nastiness of the hoodlum.

Also, the Miss Cellanis' link made a decent case for the fact checking.

I'll buy it. Good hustle Mr. Diaz. Nice to hear a positive story.
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I don't think the average person would do this - it seems that self-preservation would be a much more common reaction - and lack of compassion for someone taking from you (your money, sense of security, etc) is certainly more 'human nature.'

Which is why I think an action like this is wonderful (if true). Yes, he took a risk, and perhaps the kid didn't learn anything. But, perhaps finding person in the world who 'wasn't a b_stard' (or something) made the difference for him.

In any case, this is a great example of what can redeem my faith in people, which is nice once in a while, given all the horrible things we hear of humans usually doing.
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I was expecting:

"After they ate, Diaz told the teen he’d have to pay for dinner, since he didn’t have his wallet. The teen handed the wallet back, and Diaz gave him twenty dollars, although he did ask for the knife, which the teen handed over. Then Diaz promptly thrust the knife into the teen's neck, and declared 'thanks for dinner, sucker' "
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So he does this wonderful deed and then tells everybody about it, to the point that it gets in the news?

Here's a different spin: drugged-out teenager tries to mug big social worker. Social worker instead talks the teen into going for dinner, with the hopes of getting a little more money. During dinner, social worker steers the conversation over to how the teen can earn some extra cash if he just goes back to the social worker's house to pose for a few photographs. Teen agrees, goes back to social worker's place, social worker puts on a little Barry White. Afterwards, teen gets nervous, threatens to blackmail social worker. Social worker kicks him out, panics, makes up a story to head off any suspicion.

How's that for heartwarming?
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This story sounds about as credible as Hillary dodging sniper fire in Bosnia. Come at me with a knife and I'll give you some Hydra Shok therapy...185 grains per "dose".
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And Snow White, the waitress, hooked teen mugger up with Dopey, the bus-boy, who was out on parole, for employment.

And they all lived happily ever after.
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