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A friend posted this on facebook yesterday:

[His wife is in South America on business.] "Yesterday after work and since it is summer down there, she took her Kindle and walked to one of the large public parks to do some reading. A bad guy rode by on a bicycle as she sat reading on a park bench and grabbed her Kindle. Mary, being Mary held on tight and wrestled it away from him and he fled. Some things never change........."

Is that bad
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or what! Okay, show of hands, who is willing to wrestle a mugger for their Kindle!
 

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That's disgusting. But as to answer your question about whether I would wrestle someone for my Kindle… depends on who it was. I suspect I would be pretty outraged though, so probably yes.

Wouldn't like it much though.
 

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I think it's probably most people's natural reaction, to hold on - at least at first. But whether it's actually the sensible thing to do, is another question ..... :eek:
 

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Linjeakel said:
I think it's probably most people's natural reaction, to hold on - at least at first. But whether it's actually the sensible thing to do, is another question ..... :eek:
Pretty much. It also depends on the would-be mugger and the setting. If it's a scrawny teenager on a bicycle in the local park midday, then I'd probably hang on, kick the bike out from under him, and raise a ruckus. If I'm walking down a sketchy street? Maybe not.
 

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(waving hand)

I would definitely fight a would be kindle-napper....what lower life form is there??
 

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Seriously, I'd let them have the Kindle.  It's only $139 and my life is worth more, I'll buy another one.  No big deal.
 

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I agree that your life isn't worth a Kindle but since there was a happy ending to the story, I do like the image of beating some lowlife who's trying to steal it.
 

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"A guy on a bike".

T be honest, it sounds like he was a snathc and grab type, using the bike to get away before anyone could challenge him. It wasn't in his interest to stick around and fight for it.

If it was a guy on foot and had a knife - I'd let them have the kindle.
 

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TheRiddler said:
it sounds like he was a snathc and grab type, using the bike to get away before anyone could challenge him.
He also would have been disappointed it was a Kindle if he had managed to hang on.
 

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Elk said:
He also would have been disappointed it was a Kindle if he had managed to hang on.
I thought that too. What!! This isn't an iPad! It's just a...book.
 

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TheRiddler said:
"A guy on a bike".

T be honest, it sounds like he was a snathc and grab type, using the bike to get away before anyone could challenge him. It wasn't in his interest to stick around and fight for it.

If it was a guy on foot and had a knife - I'd let them have the kindle.
I agree, it depends on the situation. If the guy doesn't have a weapon and is clearly just attempting a quick grab-and-run (hence the bike), it's unlikely he's willing to seriously harm or kill to get what he wants. So yeah, I'd hang on to what's mine in that case too.
 

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Also, maybe I'm fairly sheltered, but I think my first reaction would be to grab for my stuff. I work to earn money to buy it, why should someone else get MY stuff, just because they want it?

Off course a large shiny knife / gun / other type of implement to do me harm would probably cause me to let go of it in a hurry. I have standards, but at the end of the day stuff is just stuff :)

Unless they tried to grab my wife / son, then nothing is making me back down - I'll even pursue them in my afterlife for all eternity!!
 
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