Pauline Jacobi had just finished shopping for groceries at Walmart. She’d put them safely in her car and got into the driver’s seat—but in an instant, her life was on the line.
A man threw himself into the passenger seat and closed the door, turning to her with a threatening expression.
He said he had a gun, and he would kill her if she didn’t hand over all of her money.
But Jacobi said no. In fact, she remembers she said “no” three times.
The man didn’t relent. He threatened her life again, telling her he would shoot her if she didn’t give him all her money. Instead of being cowed, Jacobi turned to the man and sincerely told him he should ask for forgiveness.
She said, “If you kill me, I’ll go to heaven and you’ll go to hell.”
He could tell that she wasn’t fazed. But she wasn’t resentful or looking down on him either.
And when Jacobi saw that he was stunned silent, she kept talking. She told him about right and wrong, about good and bad, and how her own faith kept her going in life.
When she looked at him again, tears were rolling down his face.
“He looked right at me,” Jacobi told Action News 5. “And the tears were coming in his eyes.”
She talked to him for a good ten minutes before he made to leave. And, before he did, he told her, “I think I’ll go home and pray tonight.”
Jacobi said, “You know, you can pray any time, too.”
Feeling for this man, Jacobi decided she would give him all the money she had on her after all. Turned out, it was only $10.
The man could have committed a terrible crime he would have to live with for the rest of his life for a mere $10 bill. But this elderly woman’s compassionate approach made him think twice.
The man ended up thanking her, and even kissing her on the cheek before he left.
Jacobi had a second request for him as well. After she gave him the money, she said, “Don’t you spend it on whiskey either!”
Watch the interview below: