Robbed At Knife-point

on Feb 10, 2011 @ 10:23 am

Julio Diaz (a social worker) was robbed at knife point; after the teen took his wallet he didn't flee instead he yelled after the boy "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". After a brief conversation Julio took the boy for dinner and the two shared a meal together.

When the bill arrived, Julio said to 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" after he returned the wallet Julio gave the teen $20 in exchange for his knife.

What a touching story, not one you would normally expect when you hear - robbed at knife point.

After the whole ordeal Julio said "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.

Read the whole store here, it was originally posted by National Public Radio online (


5 Replies

well on Feb 10, 2011 @ 10:28 am

that's unusual! I really wasn't sure where the story was going when I first started reading.

I certainly wouldn't have the patience to sit and chat with someone who just threatened me with a knife!

Exactly on Feb 10, 2011 @ 10:33 am

But Julio was right, if someone is willing to put themselves in danger to hopefully get away with a few bucks (because a lot of us don't carry so much cash anymore), they must need some help

nice story on Feb 10, 2011 @ 11:27 am

I love this story, because it's true - there are many out there who steal because they think they have no other choice. (yes, they do have a choice, but circumstances in their lives may have wrongly convinced them otherwise)

I think it's beautiful that this person reacted in this manner; however, it's a difficult feat to repeat. There are too many people out there who are stealing and have a different attitude toward their victims. Women who are alone especially should not attempt to repeat this act of kindness in this same way. You just never know how your attacker will respond :(

I love random acts of kindness on Feb 10, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

Agreed, I think we could take a page from this guy's book :)

@lauren - me too! on Feb 10, 2011 @ 12:41 pm

This story is so heart warming! Random acts of kindness makes this world that much more beautiful.


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