Each night, Dennis, a 35-year-old social worker stops at his favorite restaurant to eat dinner.
However, one night as he stepped off the train onto an empty platform, his night took an unexpected turn.
As he was walking towards the elevator, a teenage boy approached him, pulled out a knife and declared a hold-up.
“Give me all of your money,” the boy said.
However, the mugger was not ready for his victims response:
“Here, take my wallet ,” Dennis said.
As the boy began to walk away, Dennis told him, “Wait a sec. If you’re going to rob for the remaining part of the night, might as well take my jacket since it was chilly outside.”
The robber looked at him in amazement and said:
“Why are you doing this?”
Dennis replied: “If you are risking your life to get a few pennies, then I think that you badly need the money. As for me, I just want to have my dinner so, if you want, you can join me.”
Although a bit hesitant, the teen went with him into the diner. They sat in a booth near the window. The manager came as well as the dishwasher and they both say hi to Dennis.
The teen was surprised so he asked him “Do you know own this diner?'”
“Nah, I am just a regular here,” Dennis replied
“But even the dishwasher knows you!’
“I am just trying to be nice to everyone?”
“People don’t usually behaved like that,” the boy said.
“How about you, what do you want out of life?” Dennis asked the troubled teen.
The teen was speechless. The silence told him that the teen doesn’t know which direction his life is headed to.
When the bill arrived, Dennis told him, “Well, I guess you’ll have to pay for our meal because I don’t have any money. So if you give my money back, I’ll be glad to treat you.”
The teen didn’t even think and immediately returned the wallet.
Dennis gave him $25 and pleaded him not to mug anyone else. He also asked for the knife and to his delight, the boy gave it to him.
If we treat people as we would like them to treat us, we might be surprised that they may be willing to respond positively. Like that boy who was touched by a stranger’s act of random kindness, we can make a difference to someone else lives if we live by the golden rule – “Do unto others what you want others do unto you”