Would you help turn in a gunman for free coffee?

@shywolf (4514)
United States
February 20, 2007 2:24pm CST
I'm just curious as to what people think about the news story I was just looking at about a coffee stand owner who is offering a year's worth of free coffee to anyone who helps him to locate the robber who pointed a gun at him. His coffee stand had been around for ten years and had never been robbed or vandalized until now, and I assume that he's pretty determined to find the criminal in question. Do you think that anyone will take him up on his offer? Would you? I do hope that the criminal is caught! ^_^
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@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
Well I'd like to think that if anyone saw or knows of a criminal they would turn them in coffee or not. I know he probably thinks it gives people more incentive and he's right it probably does but it wouldn't sway me one way or the other.
• Canada
20 Feb 07
If I thought I could do it, if I was a witness, or if I had any information, I would do it whether I was offered free coffee or not. I once prevented my neighbour's muder, so I could probably find a gunman if I had to.
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@rainbow (6761)
20 Feb 07
If I knew who the gunman was I'd turn him in anyway but if I regularly bought coffee ther it would be a niceadded bonus.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
This is not as simple of a question as it seems. Let me tell you a story from my independent trucker days and about a receiving dock that was controled by a criminal gang. The first time I went to this place I did not know a gang controled who got to unload trucks. I hired a fellow and he did a great job. I never saw someone who was so big, so strong, and worked so fast before in my life. When he finished ahead of schedule and saved me time and money, I was happy to pay him. He really earned it. As I started to hand him the money, he got a look of horror on his face, threw his hands up in the air with palms out, and said, "No, I can't touch that money. Hand it to that guy over there, he'll pay me!". So, I gave the money to a little runt of a guy that the big strong guy could have whipped with one hand tied behind his back. Why, did the big guy allow the little guy to take a cut from his pay? The gang was ruthless and if the big guy would have touched the runt gang member there would have been retaliation of a most cruel kind. They possibly would have even hurt his family. Don't think badly of our "lumper" (guys who unload trucks). Even the executives of the company that owned the dock were afraid to try and do anything about the situation. My point being, if the coffee stand robber is a member of the "wrong" gang, a year's worth of coffee would not make up for the risk of turning in certain gang members.
@XxAngelxX (2830)
• Canada
20 Feb 07
LOL, although I'd do it without the coffee, it'd be great to have the free coffee, especially if it was from Tim Hortons...however I see you are from the States so I guess it's not from there eh? lol, I think it's a rather cute incentive but I would hope the majority of people would give him the help without the coffee.
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@yanjiaren (9031)
20 Feb 07
welli would help the guy anyway if i could..the problemis i am not a big coffee fan..if he was otffering me the odd hot choc in passing i wouldn't say no..he must really be seething as it is not a common ocurrance and has only happened once..
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@dmanuel (411)
21 Feb 07
i just hope that if someone is kind enough to identify the bad guy it's because it's the right thing to do and not because of the freebies. bad guys are supposed to be behind bars and their acts should not be tolerated.
@sunnypub (2128)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I am not a coffee drinker so the incentive means nothing to me, but if I knew who this person was then I would turn him in because that is the right thing to do. I don't think offering free coffee is going to make anyone turn the person in if they wouldn't turn him in wihtout the coffee. I mean some people just don't want to get involved and I think that is worth more to them than free coffee. Now if he was offering the cashe equivelant of a years worht of free coffee then I bet more people would be looking for this robber. It is sad but cold hard cash is one fo the best ways to motivate people. I hope the robber does get caught, and I actually hope the seller doesn't need to give that free coffee reward away.
@eaforeman6 (8979)
• United States
22 Feb 07
I would like to believe that wether they will get free coffee or not , they will do whats right. They should not expect anything for doing whats right. I would turn him in with or without the coffee.
• United States
21 Feb 07
i wouldn't do it for the coffee. I don't drink coffee, I'd do it just to help catch the f*cker.
@villageanne (8553)
• United States
21 Feb 07
If I knew who it was, I would turn them in but I dont drink coffee so I would have to turn that down. I guess he wants to keep his reputation for not being robbed and gotten away. Anyone with integrity would turn the gunman in, wouldn't they?
• Pakistan
21 Feb 07
That is a pretty strange reward for catching a criminal, Coffee or no coffee, I would do it because it is the right thing to do and my heart will be content with the good deed that I have done. That poor man would be really desperate to have his hands on the criminal. Do you know how much he stole?
@destroyer (784)
• Pakistan
21 Feb 07
I dont drink tea or coffee but for the sake of the stand owner i would turn the robber in if i knew his whereabouts by giving the owner an anonymous tipoff! i would remain anonymous cause first of all i dont want the robber to know that i was the one who turned him in! secondly i would do it because its right and not for the free coffee!
21 Feb 07
hey i ll be up for it definately...!! but with my luck....i ll be lucky if some1 doesnt turn ME in as the gunman. but seeing as im a girl....maybe that wouldnt happen....!! i ll be just probably shot by the guy himself!! lol ^_^
@tsmeesa98 (576)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I would do it because it would be the right thing to do. The free coffee would be an added bonus. I do agree that I hope that the criminal is caught. There is NO excuse to put other people in danger for any reason.
• Egypt
21 Feb 07
Maybe for a cup of tea, lol!.
@sigma77 (5384)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I would like to help him if I was around at the time and had some information. I wouldn't neccessarily need a whole year of free coffee. That is a real generous offer for sure. Since many criminals barely graduate criminal school with a D+, maybe the culprit will turn himself in just to get the free coffee. Dumber things have happened.
• United States
21 Feb 07
For free coffee, I would do anything! What city is it located in? This reminds me of a taxi driver in South America(? not sure). Anyways, he got robbed so many times that he decited to paint his taxi car pink, fill the front dashboard with stuffed animals and have bright pink seat covers... I hope the gunmen's caught!
@crickethear (1417)
• United States
21 Feb 07
LOL, I am sorry he got robbed, but it almost sounds like something from a Seinfeld episode.
@davis123 (507)
• United States
21 Feb 07
well i think if i knew who it was i would probaly turn him in the coffe is just extra i guess i would probaly turn him in coffee or no coffee