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Pauline Jacobi is a 92 year old woman of strong faith. “GrandPolly” that is what her dozen of great-grandchildren calls her. One evening GrandPolly finished with her groceries shopping at Wal-Mart Super Center. She had placed groceries into the driver’s side back seat of her Toyota Corolla.

GrandPolly said it was a getting dark and she was a little skittish. There were people walking to and from, passing back and forth in front of her in this Wal-Mart parking lot. Suddenly the passenger door open and a raggedy tall man came into to her car and sat right next to her.

The man said to her, “Give me your money.” GrandPolly found the strength to stand her ground and said, “No, you’re not getting my money.” The man demanded money repeatedly and third time, he said if she didn’t comply, he would kill her.

GrandPolly begin to give this man a bible lesson and ministered him for 10 minutes as she looked intently at his eyes. She notice his eyes had a lot of sadness but not mean-looking. She than asked him his name and he said it was Ricky and he was from Halls, Tennessee.

After a brief silence, GrandPolly told Ricky she was going to give him what little money she had. She reached into her purse and pulled out a $10 dollar bill and give it to him. She said, “Don’t spend it on liquor. get something to eat.”  The man hesitated, so GrandPolly said, “I want you to have it, you are not going to take it from me, but I’ll give it to you.”

Ricky started to cry. Then he leaned over and gave her a kiss on her cheek. Then shaken man then opened the door and walked into the night. GrandPolly anxiously drove home and fell fast asleep, it wasn’t until Tuesday morning after walking, the full impact of the experience caught up with her and she called a friend. That friend urged her to call the police.

The police report notes from video surveillance of the parking lot that the man was in GrandPolly’s car for almost 12 minutes before he exited. The recording also shows several dozen shoppers walked by the car during the time she was ministering to the man.

 

Pauline Jacobi preached her way out of a life and death situation. She was blessed with the strength to touch the robber’s heart and a miracle happened in front of Wal-Mart.

Can you talk a robber out of committing a crime?

Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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25 Comments

Deanna Finlinson says: 14 June 2009 - 10:20 pm

Giovanna, when you know without a doubt what you believe in you can have peace of mind and you can take control of things in your own life and you can take action if and when you need to. What a wonderful woman she took action for herself. Thank you for the wonderful post. So nice to read good, uplifting things like this.
Dan and Deanna “Marketing Unscrambled”

Lance says: 15 June 2009 - 1:29 am

Hi Giovanna,
A wonderful post - thanks so much for sharing this story. The power of caring is really an amazing thing…

Hilary says: 15 June 2009 - 2:33 am

Hi Gio .. I sincerely hope that if that happened to me, I’d have the presence of mind to be calm and peaceful and bring the power of communication to play .. I just have no idea what I’d do. Well actually thinking about it .. I did have someone walk in my 4th floor flat via the roof and connecting balconies .. I wouldn’t let him out .. til I’d find out what, why etc .. but he was just trying to escape the ‘drug’ police .. not wanting to attack me for my money or possessions. So I did use the communication route .. I’m not sure I made much difference to his life though .. perhaps in due time ..

All the best - what a wonderful woman -
Hilary Melton-Butcher
Positive Letters

Positively Present says: 15 June 2009 - 6:24 am

This is so interesting because I’ve often wondered this myself. If I saw someone committing a crime, would I be able to talk him/her out of it?….I don’t know… but I’m certainly inspired by this story!

J.D. Meier says: 15 June 2009 - 6:48 am

You just never know who needs your compassion the most.

It reminds me of a lesson in Peaceful warrior … The people that are the hardest to love, probably need it the most.

Nadia - Happy Lotus says: 15 June 2009 - 7:29 am

Talk about having courage. That is a great story. Polly definitely did something amazing by how she handled the man who was trying to rob her. She really was acting out of love and compassion and not fear Definitely inspiring.

+Baker says: 15 June 2009 - 8:06 am

Great post. In this day and age we need more compassion and courage. This story demonstrates that.

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:52 am

Hi Deanna

There are good things happening all around us. They just don’t normally get as much attention in the news. That is why I do what I do, to try to balance it out :-) Thank you for your comment and support.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:52 am

Hi Lance

Well said my friend, “The power of Caring!”
Thank you for your comment and sharing your thought.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:54 am

Hi Hilary

Wow, you see you handle it very well. I am very glad you are safe.
Thank you for your comment and sharing your story with me.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:55 am

Hi Positively Present

I am glad this story inspired you. I sure hope not crime would ever happen to you. But if it did, I am sure you will handle it well. You are a very wise woman.
Thank you for your comment and joining the conversation.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:56 am

Hi J.D.

Come to think of it, GrandPolly is a Peaceful Warrior in her own way.
Thank you for your comment and your wisdom.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:57 am

Hi Nadia

I beleive is the Love and compassion in her heart that enable her to do such an amazing thing.
Thank you for your comment and support.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:58 am

Hi Baker

GrandPolly’s story is an amazing one.
Thank you for your comment and sharing your thougth.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Christopher says: 15 June 2009 - 5:26 pm

Whoa. AMAZING!

Daphne @ Joyful Days says: 15 June 2009 - 8:27 pm

I agree with Lance and Nadia - it’s the power of caring and acting out of love rather than fear that makes this story so touching. Thanks Giovanna.

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:31 pm

Hi Christopher

Thanks for your comment and support.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia says: 15 June 2009 - 10:32 pm

Hi Daphne

Lance and Nadia are very wise people and so are you :-)
Thanks for your comment and joining the conversation.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Tess The Bold Life says: 16 June 2009 - 4:49 am

This is an amazing story. It reeks of inner strengh, self confidence and the power of love.

Giovanna Garcia says: 17 June 2009 - 11:54 am

Hi Tess
Yes, GrandPolly really took on the power of love and shows us that kindness from the heart is the most powerful thing.
Thanks for your comment and support.
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

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antonio says: 6 January 2010 - 4:57 pm

this is a very strong point u have lots of faith and that is what we need u know u have been good u know heaven is urs an steppin down

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