"You don't have to run away!"
That's what the would-be mugger said to me today after demanding that I give him my cellphone and wallet. He would have been sorely disappointed with both: my cellphone is rather ancient and the silver paint is flaking off, while my wallet contained a few dollars in loose change and whatever was left after I paid the gas bill, a bank card for an account that currently has less than R$30, a useless Visa cash card (almost used up and won't work anymore in Brazil!) and a credit card that I would have canceled seconds later.
I didn't oblige and was able to dart into traffic, crossing to the other side of the street. As he pedaled away, he shouted that over his shoulder.
I'm not sure what he meant.
I don't have to run away? Would he have preferred that I beat him over the head with my rhinestone flip-flop? Smack him with my purse? Talk about the change in the weather while digging through the detrius in my bags to reach the wallet?
When you are attempting to rob someone, you really need to pick sides. Do you want to take their stuff or do you want to be their friend? Because you can't have it both ways.