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#1 Hydralisk



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Posted 03 April 2008 - 09:32 PM


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.

"You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help," Diaz says.

Diaz says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a booth.

"The manager comes by, the dishwashers come by, the waiters come by to say hi," Diaz says. "The kid was like, 'You know everybody here. Do you own this place?'"

"No, I just eat here a lot," Diaz says he told the teen. "He says, 'But you're even nice to the dishwasher.'"

Diaz replied, "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.

Diaz asked him what he wanted out of life. "He just had almost a sad face," Diaz says.

The teen couldn't answer Diaz or he didn't want to.

When the bill arrived, Diaz told 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."

The teen "didn't even think about it" and returned the wallet, Diaz says. "I gave him $20 ... I figure maybe it'll help him. I don't know."

Diaz says he asked for something in return the teen's knife "and he gave it to me."

Afterward, when Diaz told his mother what happened, she said, "You're the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch."

"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."

Almost sounds like a story from a movie...

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 09:39 PM

Yeah, I do agree that this sounds like something from a movie. mush1k.gif It's touching. If only it was representative of the majority of muggings.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 09:40 PM

...There are just some people like that out there. Unfortunately I am not one of them. ~_^ But that guy just became one of my new role models. Morally of course.

Not so sure I agree with the last part, but the beginning is true.

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 09:52 PM

Wow, I bet that kid was pretty happy. I hope he gave up robbing people.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 10:26 PM

Kid enters a subway hoping to steal some money, kid leaves with a new outlook in life.

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 10:41 PM

News like this reminds me that we can go a long way when we don't judge every person who does bad acts as a bad person.
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Posted 03 April 2008 - 11:02 PM

Definitely. But sometimes it's so easy to judge...it almost comes natural when you're exposed to this. That's the sort of guy I want to be when I grow up...time for some life changes of my own for that to happen mush1n.gif

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 11:13 PM

I love this guy for that, really. That is just... wow.

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Posted 03 April 2008 - 11:22 PM

Wow, he's an amazing person. I wish more people were like him, the world would be a better place. He's really brave.

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 12:09 AM

Wow, what a touching story! O_O;

I guess things like this don't happen all the time. The kid was probably alone, and pretty young. One wouldn't dare to do this against a mob of older muggers!
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Posted 04 April 2008 - 08:42 AM

I wish most people were like this.

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 10:34 AM

this is the sole reason why the bible states that you should turn the other cheek, feed your enemies, and a bunch of other things that are so against human nature to do when someone wrong's you.

99.999999% of people would have found some weapon and chased his ___ down and beat him (heck i would too). but two wrongs don't make a right.

and i would bet a lot of money that 99% of muggings are from people with drug/alcohol related problems, maybe instead of putting more police out there to stop these things from happening, maybe more things should be done for people so they do not become so desperate as to resort to theft to fuel their addictions
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 09:26 AM

Is it just me or does he kinda look like THE ROCK, lol o_0.

I read this story already- it's so touching heh mush1n.gif
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Posted 07 April 2008 - 09:04 PM

My friend's father was robbed a few years back and basically similar acts of compassion took place.

Only my friend's dad was home one early morning around 5am when a robber broke into his house and started to steal valuables. Since my friend's dad wakes up early he was already doing chores when he sees the robber. They both make eye contact and for a split second the robber hesitates, so my friend's dad tells him, "It's ok. Don't be alarmed. I'm not going to call the police. I'm just making breakfast, if you want some, follow me to the kitchen." He then turns his back on the robber and just walks into the kitchen. The robber was so intrigued (and probably surprised) that he followed my friend's dad. The robber watched my friend's dad make breakfast and then sat down with him to eat. My friend's dad then talked to him for about an hour about the Bible and stuff and then the robber left. Two days later the robber came back and asked my friend's dad to tell him more and eventually got saved. That was like... six or something years ago. When I heard that story, I thought it was pretty crazy (In a good way).

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Posted 07 April 2008 - 10:01 PM

About the most I do for strangers (cause I always keep change on me) is when they ask for change, I'll give em like a lot. Need 1$? 3$ for you. Need 3$? Screw it the five is yours. The reason I do this is because I know they can at least get a bag of chips or a drink, something to survive them the night ye know? I hate when people are hungry, cause nobody deserves to go a night without something in their belly. Whether they just use it for cigarettes or some drugs, I like the feeling that they're gonna get something to eat then just that.

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Posted 08 April 2008 - 03:52 AM

That was a touching story o_o;

I remember when I was 13, Me and my friend Jacob were walking down the city, and we saw a hobo begging for food and money, I bought him an apple and a bottle of water from the shop next to him, I gave the apple to him and the bottle of water, along with a 2 dollar coin, he just stared at the apple, I didn't get a reply, and as I was walking away, he threw the apple at me, and yelled "I WANT REAL FOOD!!!!!!". I turned my head and walked away.

It hurt me inside for awhile, but in conclusion, it was his fault for not eating a decently good apple.

I still give hobos and the needy food, when I can, not always though, but I try my best.

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 05:29 PM

Damn, what a fairy tale.
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Posted 11 April 2008 - 06:08 PM

Yeah, sounds like some that should come from a story book now a days. Good to know there are still genuinely good people out there. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy mush1q.gif
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Posted 12 April 2008 - 07:52 AM

It's interesting how someone bad can become good in a small way. At least he doesn't go tell the teen to get out like a rat and actually knows why she steals.

I hope the teen could find a better way to get money rather than stealing mush1n.gif
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Posted 13 April 2008 - 08:29 PM

What a cheesy story...I think any guy who did such a generous act like that is TOO spoiled. I hope I don't sound too mean when I say that anyone doing that has too much money. And giving away your wallet is dangerous, especially when in the care of someone who WILL most likely use your credit card.

Think about the identity theft! How would he know he would give it back in the end? It's either he is too spoiled/rich, or this was staged. :\

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