The actual news headline was “Woman overpowers thief with tea and sympathy”.
A 30-year-old Tokyo woman and her 6 month old baby was confronted by a knife wielding stranger in the hallway of her apartment building the other day. The man brandished a knife and demanded that she give him her money.
The mother told the creep that she didn’t have any money on her and he proceeded to barge into her apartment. Luckily this story has an unusual (happy?) ending and neither the housewife or child were injured in this attack.
Apparently, the woman calmed the man down by making him some tea and providing a compassionate ear. When offered the tea, the man accepted, I suppose as any honorable Japanese man would. The man then put the knife away and began a 20 minute monologue describing his less than fulfilling life story.
Probably quite sick of hearing the sob story, the woman ended up handing over almost $100 and ran out of the apartment. The man quietly left the scene as the woman called the police from a pay phone outside.
The police rushed to the apartment but the thief was long gone.
I can’t say that offering tea would have been my first choice line of defense, but I suppose if granted that opportunity and had a pot ready, I would have capitalized by making the tea as blazing, boiling hot as humanly possible and “accidentally” spilling the extra large cup in the thief’s lap.
Or if you don’t feel like wasting perfectly good tea, plan ahead and stop the situation before being bored to tears by some whining thief and tool yourself up with some pepper spray, stun gun or a taser.
Not all knife-wielding criminals will be so easily distracted by good hospitality. This Japanese woman was quite lucky to escape this situation unscathed. Wrong place at the wrong time victimization can range from simple theft to severe beatings, rape or worse. You never know what is on the mind of an assaliant.
Also remember, this mother had a 6-month-old baby in tow.
It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?
Yours in safety,
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