Friday, July 13, 2007
One Way to Stop a Robbery. . .
. . . .offer the guy a glass of fine, French wine! Talk about quick thinking -- a group of friends had just finished a feast of grilled steak and shrimp on a back patio in Capitol Hill and were chatting and sipping wine. Through an unlocked gate, a hooded man suddenly appeared, pistol drawn. He grabbed the 14-year old daughter of one of the guests and demanded every one's money. In a stroke of genius or utter foolhardiness, one of the guests told the guy they'd just finished dinner and were enjoying a delightful wine, and would he like a glass. Letting go of the girl and tucking the pistol back into his belt, the guy put his hood down and cheerfully accepted. He then took a piece of cheese from the buffet and declared it delicious. Still sipping on his wine, he asked if he could "get a hug." Everyone took turns hugging him and when he asked for a "group hug" they again obliged. Then the happy interloper left through the gate, carefully placing his now empty crystal wine glass on the ground. At that point, the "other guests" silently scrambled into the house and called 911.