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Bag Snatched in Dunkin' Donuts

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Bag Snatched in Dunkin' Donuts

Postby KOVAKS on Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:23 pm

Contributed by Amanda Wu:

BEFORE OUR FOUR-DAY TRIP TO BARCELONA I HAD ALREADY READ UP ALL
YOUR RECORDS CAREFULLY. THEN
I STARTED TO WORRY DUE TO ONE BAD EXPERIENCE I HAD
IN PRAGUE. THERE WERE ALTOGETHER SIX OF US
MAKING A FOUR-DAY VISIT TO PRAGUE IN 1997 AND, THROUGHOUT THOSE FOUR
DAYS, WE WERE TAILED BY A
GROUP OF THIEVES WHO DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH LUCK IN STEALING ANYTHING FROM
ANY ONE OF US. THIS TIME,
ONLY MY GIRLFRIEND AND I WERE TRAVELING TO
BARCELONA. I WAS HOPING FOR BETTER LUCK.

EVERYTHING WENT ON PERFECTLY AT THE BEGINNING; THEN IT FINALLY
HAPPENED, THE DAY BEFORE WE LEFT BARCELONA (APRIL 18, 1999). WE COULD
HARDLY FINISH
THE UNAPPETIZING DINNER IN A RESTAURANT ON THE
STREET (NEXT ALLEY TO PLACE RIEL) AT AROUND 10 P.M. SO WE DECIDED TO
GET SOME DONUTS FROM 'DUNKIN
DONUTS' LOCATED JUST SOME 100 METERS AWAY AND
WITHIN 3 MINUTES' REACH. MY GIRLFRIEND, KAREN,
WAS STANDING ONE STEP BEHIND ME. JUST AS I TURNED AROUND TO ASK HER
WHAT FLAVOR SHE LIKED, I HEARD
HER LET OUT A CRY AND SHE STARTED RUNNING OUT.
IT DAWNED ON ME IMMEDIATELY WHAT HAD HAPPENED.
A ROBBERY.
THE FIRST THING THAT FLASHED ACROSS MY MIND WAS
WHAT SHE CARRIED IN THAT BAG - PASSPORT, SOME CARDS AND-- FLIGHT TICKET
BACK TO HAMBURG TOMORROW. AND THEN THE FRIGHT OF BEING STRANDED IN AN
UNFAMILIAR PLACE.

"HELP! SOMEBODY HELP US!" I YELLED
DESPERATELY AS WE RAN AFTER THE ROBBER.
SEVERAL PEOPLE SHOWED UP FROM THE STORES ALONG
THE ALLEY WHEN THEY HEARD OUR SCREAMS AND SAW TWO HELPLESS ORIENTAL
WOMEN. THEY JUST LOOKED ON, PUZZLED. I WOULD LIKE TO BELIEVE THAT THEY
DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT TOOK PLACE RATHER THAN THAT THEY
DID NOT CARE.

SUDDENLY, SOME ONE WAS RUNNING AHEAD OF US
AND WE SAW HIM APPREHEND THE ROBBER. HE WAS
SMALLER BUILT THAN THE ROBBER BUT THIS DID NOT
SEEM TO DETER HIM. HE GRABBED THE ROBBER BY HIS
NECK TO FORCE HIM DROP THE BAG. WE QUICKLY
RETRIEVED THE BAG AND COULD ONLY SAY "THANK YOU!!". THE ROBBER FLED
WHILE WE EXCHANGED GREETINGS WITH
OUR HERO. BUT OUR HERO LEFT US AGAIN AND WENT AFTER HIM.

WE WERE STILL RECOVERING FROM THIS SEVERE
SHOCK WHEN TWO OTHER MEN WHO LOOKED LIKE TOURISTS
THEMSELVES APPROACHED US AND OFFERED HELP.
THEY, TOO, HAD BEEN RUNNING AFTER US AFTER HEARING
OUR SHOUTS.

FINALLY WE REACHED THE STREET "LA RAMBLA"
FEELING A LITTLE RELIEVED BUT STILL SHAKEN.
THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE THAT I HAVE WITNESSED A REAL CRIME.
IN THE PAST THREE YEARS I HAVE BEEN TO OVER TWELVE COUNTRIES BUT HAVE
NEVER
FELT MORE THREATENED OR PITIFULLY HELPLESS.

THEN OUR HERO APPEARED AGAIN SUDDENLY, JUST LIKE WHEN HE APPEARED
TO HELP US. "SORRY, I CANNOT FIND HIM", HE SAID. "ARE YOU ALRIGHT?"
I ASKED HIM.
I WAS EAGER TO KNOW THAT HE WAS NOT HURT. THIS IS
FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN CATCHING THE ROBBER. "I AM OK" - THEN HE JUST
LEFT.

WE COULD NOT SAY 'THANK YOU' ENOUGH FOR THIS
ACT OF BRAVERY. HE WAS ACTUALLY RISKING HIS OWN
LIFE IN FIGHTING WITH THE ROBBER. IN GOING OUT ALL
THE WAY TO HELP US HE ALSO RESTORED IN US THE
CONFIDENCE WE HAD IN PEOPLE.

WE WERE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET A HERO IN
BARCELONA. AND THIS IS SERVE TO HONOR HIS CHIVALRY.



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