Attempted robbery ends in group hug

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Imagine you are enjoying a nice meal with your family and friends when suddenly an armed robber appears. He holds a gun to a guest's head and demands that you hand over your money or he will shoot. Should you: (a) tackle the intruder and hope for the best, (b) scream as loud as you can, or (c) offer the bad guy a glass of wine?

For a group of friends in Washington, DC, the correct answer was (c). Last month, these friends were enjoying a fine meal of steak and shrimp on the patio of a DC area home, when an intruder appeared with a gun. He pointed it at a 14-year-old girl's head and demanded money. After a moment of stunned silence, Cristina "Cha Cha" Rowan suggested he join them for a glass of Chateau Malescot St-Exupery. And he did.

The father of the girl with the gun to her head then suggested he take the glass. Rowan offered him the entire bottle. He took another sip. And a bite of cheese. He then put the gun in his sweatpants and told the dinner guests that perhaps he had the wrong house. He then apologized and asked "Can I get a hug?"

Rowan stood up and put her arms around the man. "Can we have a group hug?" the man asked. Four others stood and hugged the stranger. Moments later, he was gone, taking only the crystal wine glass.

Police don't have a suspect and the party guests think the guy may have been high on drugs. Cmdr. Diane Groomes of the DC police said that robbers apologizing isn't unheard of, but the hugs are definitely unusual. "The only good thing is they would be able to identify him because they hugged him."

That must have been some excellent wine.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.