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Thief prays for forgiveness before robbing clerk

Posted by 1minionsopinion on October 22, 2009

This was interesting reading:

Police say an armed robber spent nearly 10 minutes on his knees praying with a clerk at an Indianapolis check-cashing business before fleeing with $20 from the register.

Security video from the Advance America branch clearly showed the man’s face during the stickup Monday, and a 23-year-old surrendered Tuesday on a preliminary charge of robbery.

Police say the robbery took an unusual turn after the gunman came around the counter when the clerk starting crying and talking about God.

The man said he had a 2-year-old child to support and asked for prayers about overcoming his hardships.

Police say the man removed the bullet from his gun and gave it to the clerk before taking her cell phone and the money.

That’s the nicest robbery story I’ve ever read. I love that he was overcome by the clerk’s reaction and sat there long enough to be fully recorded by their security surveillance. I also love the fact that he later turned himself in. God will, of course, get the credit for that. I’m going to credit the thief’s last shreds of integrity and dignity instead.

Too bad the journalist couldn’t include what happened in the man’s life that led to his action and this reaction. Job loss? House loss? Too much credit card debt? Girl wanted more than he had in their divorce settlement? Owes child support? Didn’t want to pawn his stereo to afford diapers? Dad once worked with a guy who did that. Who knows what he blew his paycheque on. There wasn’t even a casino in town at the time.

I’m not terribly well off compared to some, but I can’t imagine what it must be like to be in dire straits enough to consider robbery as a solution. How much crap has to happen before that’s the best alternative?


6 Responses to “Thief prays for forgiveness before robbing clerk”

  1. dorian said

    i’m sure guilt has a lot to do with it too. poor guy.
    he could have tried selling christian bumper stickers instead.


  2. obama the antichrist said

    I think the clerk can get the credit. the clerk didnt stand there and take it he/she just started talking and it saved his/her life


  3. 1minionsopinion said

    True enough, and because it was all god talk, that probably made a difference for how he reacted, too. If she’d just gone around screaming, “don’t hurt me!” he might have lost whatever sense he still had and shot her or something. I’m glad it worked out like it did.


  4. Princessxxx said

    i hope the clerk converted the perp to mormanism. serves him right.


  5. dorian said

    maybe this guy blew the diaper money in the indian casino. if he converted like princess was hoping, he’ll be saved from a life of gambling addiction.


  6. 1minionsopinion said

    The little preview window popper thing claims the link is a 404 but I clicked it just now and got to the article, so I don’t know what that’s all about. I thought I’d go see what the comments section there had, but nothing’s worth mentioning except one person’s conclusion that ignorance and religion go hand in hand.

    It does seems like you can’t have religion unless you’re willing to give up part of your brain. Like buying Faith 1.0 and automatically clicking the “Yes” box when asked if you’re prepared to overwrite your entire Logic Drive. Sure. What do I need that for…


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