When threatened to hand over his cash, this driver gave some advice instead.
In the chilly early morning of 19 March in Himeji City, Hyogo Prefecture, a 66-year-old taxi driver sat parked on the side of the road during a lull in fares. At about 1:00 a.m. a 25-year-old man entered the cab, but before the taxi driver could ask his destination his head snapped backwards violently.
“Hand over your money,” demanded the passenger, holding the driver’s head back by a fistful of hair.
Either unfazed or acting on an instinct he didn’t even know he possessed, the driver calmly replied, “You’re young, you should think this through some more.”
For whatever reason, the driver’s words struck a chord with the would-be robber who gave up his attempt then and there. Afterward, the driver and robber both went to a chain restaurant and had a meal together.
What was said at that late-night dinner wasn’t reported, but it must have resonated with the young man. At approximately 2:00 a.m. he entered a nearby police box and turned himself in.
While it’s looking more and more like taxi drivers will be phased out by autonomous cars in the near future, it’s a little sad that there won’t be good people like this driver out on the streets helping people get to their destinations either for the evening or for the rest of their lives.