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Polite man apologizes while robbing store

February 7, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Armed robbers aren't usually thought of as friendly. However, a bandit in Seattle recently was polite about it.

Everything appeared normal when the bandit walked into a convenience store, until the owner, John Henry, opened the register.

"Can you do me a favor?" the armed man asked. "Can you empty the till and put it right here?"

"What do you mean?" Henry replied.

"Empty the till. I'm robbing you, sir," said the bandit, who appeared to be a middle-aged man. "I really am sorry to have to do this, but I've got kids."

"How about I give you $40 and this is it?" Henry replied.

"Well, I can't do that, sir," the robber said. "I've got rent to pay and bills and the kids need to eat."

Henry says he's been robbed before, but this was the first time he felt sorry for the thief.

The robber told Henry he would bring the money back, about $300, if he ever got back on his feet.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.