I was at a bus stop early this morning (6am) when a woman was pushed to the ground and her purse was stolen. There were four of us at the stop, I was the only guy. The robber immediately fled with the purse and I chased him. Fortunately as it turned out, I had to pause to grab my hat which was falling off and that allowed him to get a little further ahead. As I ran after him, I rounded a corner and there was car load of his gang waiting for him. He jumped in the car and they sped off, but if I had not paused for the hat I may have got him- which if his pals had come to free him may have been pretty unpleasant. To make it worse, the woman said her purse had only ten cents in cash- I could have been knifed protecting ten cents!!
It was an automatic reaction on my part to chase, but in hindsight I think it was pretty stupid. He was a lot younger than me to start with let alone his buddies. What would you do (or what have you done)?