A New York social worker tells a tall tale, and NPR gives him a pass. (To deny this unlikely Good Samaritan bit would be a crime, apparently.)
The story (an oldie, from last spring), about a robbery victim exchanging his coat and a hot meal for his would-be mugger’s knife, sounds preposterous enough. It might also be true. But nowhere have I seen any indication that a reporter talked to a waitress, or a third party to the story.
I’ll be heading back into the classroom in a few weeks. This is the kind of feel-good story I hope my students will learn to treat skeptically.
Julio Diaz has a daily routine. Every night, the 31-year-old social worker ends his hour-long subway commute to the Bronx one stop early, just so he can eat at his favorite diner.
But one night last month, as Diaz stepped off the No. 6 train and onto a nearly empty platform, his evening took an unexpected turn.