A woman in eastern China has been hailed a hero after persuading a thief not to rob her at a cash machine, Chinese state media reported.
The man identified as Du, in his 20s, approached 57-year-old mother, identified as Zhang, with a knife while she was withdrawing money in Haimen, Jiangsu province, CCTV footage showed.
But instead of handing over the cash, Zhang first talked to him calmly and then reprimanded him for his stupidity.
“I said ‘young man, you’re so young, why are you doing this kind of thing? You think it’s a good idea? There are security cameras in here, you’re being monitored’,” she told Chinese local media.
Meanwhile she waited for the ATM to swallow her card so he couldn’t use it to withdraw more cash.
CCTV footage showed Zhang offering Du some money, which he didn’t take, before he fled the scene.
“I thought it would be good to give him a little money, so that he would feel like he had got some money, and could leave,” she said.
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