Julio Diaz, a 31-year-old social worker in New York, was making his daily trip in the subway to Bronx and usually eats at his favorite diner before he goes to home. As he got off the train, a teenage boy approached him and pulled out a knife.
Diaz told National Public Radio
about this encounter:
He wants my money, so I just gave him my wallet and told him, 'Here you go.'"
The teen took the money and left without any further incident. However, Diaz called him back and said: "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 teen couldn’t believe what he heard and asked Diaz why he is doing this.
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.
Diaz told the radio maybe the teen needed help so he helped him. So Diaz and the teen went to his popular diner and had food. Everyone inside know Diaz well and they greeted him including the dishwashers.
The teen was surprised and asked Diaz whether he owned the place.
Diaz told the teen no but eats a lot at the diner.
The teen said: 'But you're even nice to the dishwasher.'
Diaz replied, "Well, haven't you been taught you should be nice to everybody?"
The teen said he didn’t think people actually behaved that way.
When the bill arrived, Diaz asked for his wallet from the teen, so he can pay the bill. The teen returned the wallet without any hesitation. After paying the bill, Diaz gave $20 to him.
In return, Diaz wanted something back from him, and asked for his knife. The teen gave it to Diaz without any protest.
Diaz told his mother about the incident and her mother said: "You're the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch."
Diaz said in the end:
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.