Thief prays for forgiveness before robbing clerk
Posted by 1minionsopinion on October 22, 2009
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?