How to Treat a Mugger

Julio DiazThe big story yesterday was about Julio Diaz. Julio is a social worker and was on his way home, stopping at his favourite diner. As he got off the train he was confronted by a knife-wielding teenager. He handed over his wallet immediately and the boy took off.

Then Diaz did something heroic. He called out to offer the boy his coat. “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 boy took the coat and then Diaz went one step further. He asked if his robber wanted to come to dinner.

The dinner was a success. Diaz’s friendly behaviour was noticed by the teen. He asked Diaz if he owned the place because he was being so nice to everyone – even the dishwasher, Diaz said, “”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.

The night ended with Diaz pointing out that the teen needed to pay for the meal unless he gave back his wallet. Julio Diaz got his wallet, paid for dinner, and traded $20 for the knife. The teen got a life lesson and maybe a view into another world.

Heroism is accepting a risk for a noble cause. Welcome to the pantheon of heroes Julio Diaz.

Link: NPR


One Response to How to Treat a Mugger

  1. Patricia March 30, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    We could all learn an lesson from Julio