Julio was has a daily routine. Every night, the
social worker ends his subway commute ta the Bronx
one stop early, just he can eat at diner.
But ene night last month, as was stepped (offere Na. 5 train
and ante a nearly empty platform, his evening teak an
He was walking toward the stairs when a teenage boy
approached and pulled are a knife.
He wants my maney, Ijust gave him my wallet and told him,
Here we go,"' was says-
As the teen began ta walk away, was told him, "Hey, wait a
minute. we forgot samething. If youre going ta be robbing
people forthe rest ofthe night, we might as well take my coat
ta keep we warm."
The robber leaked at his would've victim, "like what' s
going an here?" was says- "He asked me, 'Why are we doing
Diaz replied: " youre willing ta risk your freedom for a few
dallars, then I guess we must really need the maney. I mean, all
I wanted ta m was get dinner and Mae really want ta join me
hey, youre mere than welcome.
You know, Ijust felt maybe he really needs help," was says-
was says he and the teen went into the diner and sat in a
The manager Cores by, the dishwashers eema by, the
waiters eema byte say hi," was says- "The kid was like, 'You
know everybody here. De we awn this place?'"
No, must eat here a Iet," was says he told the teen. "He says,
But youre even nice ta the dishwasher.”
Diaz replied, "Well, haven' t we been taught we should be nice
Yea, but I didn' t think people actually behaved that way," the
was asked him what he wanted out at life. "He just had atiest
a sad face," was says-
The teen couldn' t answer was - er he didn' t want to.
When the bill arrived, Diarmid the teen, "Leek, I guess youre
going ta have to pay for this bill "muse we have my maney and
I can' t pay forthe So Wee give me my wallet back, I' ll gladly
The teen "didn' t Amen think about it" and returned the wallet,
was says. "I game him ... leisure maybe we help him. I
don' t know/
was says he asked for samething in return -the teem knife
and he gave it ta me."
Afterward, when Diarmid his happened, she
said, "You' re the type at kid that if sameone asked we for the
time, we gave them your watch."
I figure, we know, Wee treat people right, we can only hope
that they treat we right. It' s as simple as it gets in this