Law Professor Ann Althouse was either bored or got a tip on this 28 March 2008 NPR story on a New York City social worker who was being mugged and turned the incident around by taking his teenaged mugger to dinner. I would say this story is atypical, but in this season of Advent it has the appropriate message for our troubled world.
But, the story can also elicit cynicism, as the comments in the Althouse blog post show.
My take is the commenter who said "Too good to fact check" is correct.
Regards — Cliff