Robbery Attempt Ends When Victim Offers Iced Tea

Ever notice how much people will open up and talk if you can create an atmosphere of acceptance and just listen? I guess this works in the most unusual circumstances…

A mother and her 6-month old girl escaped unhurt after she calmed down a knife-wielding robber with a glass of iced tea and a chat, Tokyo police said Wednesday.

The 30-year-old housewife was in the hallway of her apartment building Monday when a man pressed a knife to her back and demanded money, police said.

When the woman said she did not have any cash on her, the man pushed her and her baby into her apartment.

To buy herself time to escape, the woman gave the robber a cup of iced wheat tea to calm him down on what was a hot summer day, police said.

The 43-year-old man put away his knife and began to tell her how he lost money gambling and its effect on his life and family. (CNN, July 10, 2008)

Wow. There’s a lesson on the effectiveness of a soft answer and the willingness to listen.


About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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2 Responses to Robbery Attempt Ends When Victim Offers Iced Tea

  1. PK says:

    this is cool…i think i will share it with my group Sunday! Thanks!

  2. Lee says:

    Thanks Jonathon. Sending my volunteers here to check out this great reminder on the power of a listening ear.