Julio Diaz's mom used to tell him, "You're the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch."
But his mom never said anything about a stranger with a knife.
One day, on his way home from work, Diaz was confronted by a blade-wielding teenager. The kid wanted his money, or else.
So, like most people would, Diaz complied. He handed over his wallet. But as he watched the teenage boy walk away, Diaz decided to do something that most people wouldn't: He offered the kid his coat too. After all, it was a cold night.
Then, Diaz invited the boy to dinner at his favorite diner. It wasn't a trap. It wasn't a ploy to get his wallet back. According to Diaz, it was just the right thing to do.
"You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help," Diaz says.
He offered the kid his coat too. After all, it was a cold night.
The two sat down for a hot meal together.
They talked, and they laughed. Diaz hoped that maybe, after the night was over, the kid would go on to pay it forward in his own life.
"If you treat people right," Diaz says, "you can only hope they treat you right."
Hear the full story of Julio Diaz's brave generosity in the video below: