Mugging Victim Befriends His Attacker

by Christopher Paul on December 5, 2011

From NPR via The Art of Manliness:

Julio Diaz, a social worker, gets dinner at a diner near his home in the Bronx. One night, he was mugged by a teen on a Subway platform.

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 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.”

Eventually, Diaz convinces the teen to join him for dinner at his favorite diner, gets his wallet and the kid’s knife, and (hopefully) gave the kid a lesson that there are good people out there. This quote from Diaz is my favorite:

“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.”

More of him, please.

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