My father has always advised me not to talk to strangers. Sad to say, I never
took his advice seriously.
One day, my father said he had finally decided to
buy a new laptop I had been asking for. I was elated! He told me to withdraw the
money I needed from an ATM machine. Then, I was to go to the shop and wait for
He reminded me, "Be careful. There are many robberies and crimes. Don't talk
to any stranger outside the bank. Just use your ATM card and withdraw the money.
Then walk away quickly."
I laughed his words off and said, "No, I won't, Dad." In my mind, I imagined
a stranger attacking me. But me being strong, I pictured myself sweeping him
down and sending him away with a few swift blows.
At three o'clock, I decided to go to the bank. Inside the ATM room, I looked
all around me first. I had to make sure nobody was watching me press my pin
numbers. Seeing it was safe, I pressed the six numbers. The sum of RM3000 came
out of the machine. I took the money and tucked
it safely inside my pouch.
Then, I walked quickly out of the ATM machine room. Just outside of the room,
I felt someone tapping my shoulder.
It was a man. I heard his voice.
He was asking me, "Excuse me, did you drop this...?"
I turned around. A layer of thin smoke swirled before my face. I breathed in,
not knowing what it was. I immediately felt dizzy and weak and could not think
clearly any more.
I only heard a soft voice saying, "Follow me."
So I followed him. My mind did not seem to be mine any more. I walked behind
the man. When I got into his car, I had a good look at his face. He was dark and
had a scar on his cheek. After he had started his car engine, he pushed his face
towards mine. I passed out.
When I woke up, I saw I was lying on the ground in a dark alley. Where was
this place? Slowly, I got up and felt my pouch. It was empty! All the money was
gone! I phoned my father. He came to fetch me from the alley and immediately
took me to the police station.
'The policeman was very kind. He asked me gently, "Can you recognise the
man?" I told him I saw the man's face clearly in the car. He had a long scar on
the right side of his face.
The policeman told me, "The stranger hypnotized
you. So, you could not think clearly and followed what he said. There is a gang
of people doing this."
I learnt a painful lesson. From that day onwards, I was very careful. One
day, I got a phone call from the police station.
The same policeman spoke to me. "Dave, can you come to the police
headquarters? We need you to identify the robber."
The next day, my father and I went to the police headquarters. Through the
glass door, I saw him and recognised him at once. That was the same robber who
had robbed me of my money. I nodded my head. Then, I walked out whistling
happily. I had done my part to help the police.