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LONG ISLAND STORE OWNER GIVES WOULD-BE ROBBER $40, FOOD
nypost.com ^ | June 2, 2009 | POST STAFF REPORT

Posted on 06/02/2009 10:13:18 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

A Long Island store owner who came face-to-face with a bat-wielding robber whipped out a shotgun in self-defense -- then showed the down-on-his-luck thief the ultimate sign of compassion by handing him $40 and a loaf of bread, according to a bizarre new video made public today.

Mohammad Sohail was working the register at his store in Shirley on May 21 at 12:35 a.m. when a man walked in carrying a bat and demanded cash.

But once Sohail whipped out his shotgun, the would-be robber immediately dropped to his knees and began begging for forgiveness -- claiming that the bad economy had pushed him to the edge.

"He started crying," Sohail told Newsday. "He was saying: 'I have no money. I have no food. I have no job. I have to take care of my family.'"

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1 posted on 06/02/2009 10:13:18 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

God was with everybody on this one. With the robber, in that he didn’t get shot and killed, and with the storekeeper, who found compassion and understanding in a situation that might have turned out in bloodshed.


2 posted on 06/02/2009 10:15:07 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
But once Sohail whipped out his shotgun, the would-be robber immediately dropped to his knees and began begging for forgiveness -- claiming that the bad economy had pushed him to the edge.

What pushed him to his knees, was the shotgun.

3 posted on 06/02/2009 10:15:50 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Free ThinkerNY
He should be shot on principle, just for trying to rob a store with a Louisville Slugger then at least the human gene pool would benefit.
4 posted on 06/02/2009 10:17:31 AM PDT by Larry381 ("in the final instance civilization is always saved by a platoon of soldiers" Oswald Spengler)
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To: domenad

If I were in the store (after the robber fell to his knees sobbing), I would have told him to fill up a basket or cart with food for his family, and I’d pay for it.


5 posted on 06/02/2009 10:19:38 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: dragnet2
Bingo.

I'd rather be a hammer than a nail.
6 posted on 06/02/2009 10:19:47 AM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: dragnet2
Or pushed to his knees by a resolve to his fate of death because to go on living was (in his state of mind) much harder than the easy way out. Death by Clerk!
7 posted on 06/02/2009 10:20:59 AM PDT by BellStar (John Adams and John Hancock: We Recognize No Sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus! 1775)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The robber was probably also named Mohammed.


8 posted on 06/02/2009 10:21:59 AM PDT by karnage
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The ironic thing is the robber probably could have gone in and asked the man for food for his family and he would have been given it. Plus, he wouldn’t have had to wash out his pants when he got home.


9 posted on 06/02/2009 10:22:34 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: Larry381

You said — He should be shot on principle, just for trying to rob a store with a Louisville Slugger then at least the human gene pool would benefit.

According to God, we should all be killed, on principle, because all of the human race (the Bible says every last single person) is no better than filthy rags..., and every last single person deserves the *death sentence*...

So, that’s sort of like the pot calling the kettle black... :-)


10 posted on 06/02/2009 10:23:46 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: dragnet2

Hey robbers! Guaranteed payout at this store, just give your sob story! Thanks to the news for spreading the word!


11 posted on 06/02/2009 10:24:52 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: dragnet2
What pushed him to his knees, was the shotgun.

And what lifted him up again...

12 posted on 06/02/2009 10:24:53 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Unless it has changed in the past 20 years, I seem to remember Shirley as being a rather trashy place full of Springer show rejects. Not quite Rockaway 116 but still pretty bad in that regard.


13 posted on 06/02/2009 10:25:07 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Larry381
He should be shot on principle, just for trying to rob a store with a Louisville Slugger then at least the human gene pool would benefit.

You belong on DU, chum.

14 posted on 06/02/2009 10:25:26 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: Free ThinkerNY
A Long Island store owner who came face-to-face with a bat-wielding robber whipped out a shotgun in self-defense -- then showed the down-on-his-luck thief the ultimate sign of compassion by handing him $40 and a loaf of bread...

The robber then asked for a pack of smokes and a six-pack of Bud Light, and said he was going to Disney World...

15 posted on 06/02/2009 10:25:52 AM PDT by snarks_when_bored
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To: fleagle
Without the shotgun the story is as follows:

Man steals a carton of cigarettes and 5 sticks of beef jerky, then beats hard working immigrant to death with baseball bat.

16 posted on 06/02/2009 10:27:01 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What a good man the store owner is!!!
Lord Love him and many blessings be on his head.

A lucky robber met a good man. And human nature shines!


17 posted on 06/02/2009 10:28:07 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: rintense

Let’s say he clubbed you before he got to the counter. Still gonna buy him some chili dogs and Dr. Pepper?


18 posted on 06/02/2009 10:35:01 AM PDT by petercooper (1/20/13 - Change I can believe in.)
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To: rintense

I like to think that’s what I would have done too.

But there also would have been a warning from me to never ever again raise a weapon at me or come into my store again - under threat of unspecified extremely painful consequences.

After that, I’d probably have gotten wobbly knees and had to sit down for a while.


19 posted on 06/02/2009 10:36:58 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

I forgot to add that the gun would always be on him, just in case.


20 posted on 06/02/2009 10:37:35 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: petercooper

Entirely different story and result. I would have shot him in the leg and let the boys in Block C enjoy him.


21 posted on 06/02/2009 10:38:23 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: the invisib1e hand

The dummy holding the shotgun offer gifts?


22 posted on 06/02/2009 10:39:01 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The book “Les Miserables” involves a “civilized” French system that led to a starving public.

The book “Atlas Shruged” describes a similar system — in
America — and includes a suggested amendment to “an ancient document.”

“Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade …”


23 posted on 06/02/2009 10:43:23 AM PDT by OldNavyVet (Irrationality propagates the seeds of evil.)
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To: netmilsmom

I am so very afraid we are going to hear “In a twist of Irony, after showing compassion to a robber, a store owner was ....”


24 posted on 06/02/2009 10:51:32 AM PDT by Mr. K (physically unabel to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Clemenza
Unless it has changed in the past 20 years, I seem to remember Shirley as being a rather trashy place full of Springer show rejects. Not quite Rockaway 116 but still pretty bad in that regard.

What makes Rockaway 116 trashy are the DFD's that come from other parts of the city during the summer. The locals are wonderful!

signed by a 30+ year resident of Rockaway 117th Street

25 posted on 06/02/2009 10:52:01 AM PDT by Alice in Wonderland
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To: Free ThinkerNY
This happy ending was made possible by: The Shotgun.
26 posted on 06/02/2009 10:56:01 AM PDT by sportutegrl (If liberals could do math, they would be conservatives.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Reminds me of Jean Valjean and Bishop Myriel

“Forget not, never forget that you have promised me to use this silver to become an honest man.... Jean Valjean, my brother: you belong no longer to evil, but to good. It is your soul that I am buying for you. I withdraw it from dark thoughts and from the spirit of perdition, and I give it to God!”


27 posted on 06/02/2009 10:57:38 AM PDT by Mila
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To: Alice in Wonderland
Rockaway 117th Street (and indeed most streets west of 116th Street) have some BEAUTIFUL houses! You live in a highly underrated block.

Beach 116th Street has improved a little since they shut down the flophouses (although the shell of one near the beach is still there for some reason). I also noticed a steakhouse has opened, for some reason called "Belle Harbor Steakhouse" even though Belle Harbor is some blocks to the west.

Met some scary folks in a certain bar on Beach 116th Street, but they are nowhere near as odd as the folks who live in Broad Channel.

BTW: You may have seen many of my GF's countrywomen on Beach 117th street wearing g-strings and speaking Portuguese.

28 posted on 06/02/2009 11:01:21 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The only thing more interesting than this interesting story are some of the comments here.


29 posted on 06/02/2009 11:09:30 AM PDT by ZULU (God guts and guns made America great. Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam.)
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To: rintense

Awww


30 posted on 06/02/2009 11:15:19 AM PDT by Sir Gawain ("Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect" - Thoreau)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The robber was completely at the mercy of the store-owner, in more ways than one. His life could easily have ended, either by being shot or by being locked up for decades.

The store-owner showed great compassion.

I pray that the man realizes what a gift he has been given and acts in accordance with the mercy he himself has been shown.


31 posted on 06/02/2009 11:17:18 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (They tell you that conservatism "can't win" because they don't believe in it. Duh...)
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To: dragnet2

You got it. We’ve seen that scenario WAY too many times to believe any other outcome would have occurred.


32 posted on 06/02/2009 1:04:32 PM PDT by fleagle ( An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. -Winston Churchill)
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To: EternalVigilance; rintense

Woops took a wrong turn at Pagan Ave:

Foiled Robber Begs For Mercy, Asks To Join Islam
http://wcbstv.com/watercooler/bizarre.deli.robbery.2.1028715.html


33 posted on 06/02/2009 4:54:08 PM PDT by Sir Gawain ("Let every man make known what kind of government would command his respect" - Thoreau)
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To: Sir Gawain

Doh!


34 posted on 06/02/2009 5:33:01 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (They tell you that conservatism "can't win" because they don't believe in it. Duh...)
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