What should you do if someone crashes your dinner party, points a gun at your kid, and demands all your money? Invite him to dine with you. That’s how a group of friends in Washington, D.C., handled the situation last month, when an armed man entered the backyard where they were finishing up a meal with some red wine and Camembert. As the Washington Post tells it, one guest’s snap decision to welcome the unexpected arrival to the table really paid off:
‘We were just finishing dinner,’ Cristina ‘Cha Cha’ Rowan, 43, blurted out. ‘Why don’t you have a glass of wine with us?’
The intruder took a sip of their Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry and said, ‘Damn, that’s good wine.’
Another guest—whose daughter had had the man’s gun pointed at her head seconds earlier—offered him the whole glass, and the heroic Cha Cha invited him to keep the rest of the bottle as well. After taking a bite of cheese, the man tucked the gun into his sweatpants pocket and reconsidered his original plan.
‘I think I may have come to the wrong house,’ he said, looking around the patio of the home in the 1300 block of Constitution Avenue NE.
‘I’m sorry,’ he told the group. ‘Can I get a hug?’
A few one-on-one embraces and a group hug later, and he was gone—no money stolen, no one hurt. Forget aikido; I’m going to start walking around with a bottle of Malescot St-Exupéry.