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.
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