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Compassionate woman chases down thief.

Betty Horton is 75 years old, so the man who stole her purse probably thought he had picked an easy victim. On August 30, Horton was putting her groceries in her car when she noticed her purse was missing. She then noticed a man running away with her bag under his arm.

Amazingly, the septuagenarian gave chase through a business district before catching up with the thief in a residential area.

"Good thing I had my running shoes on," Horton said in an AP report.

When Horton saw the man was standing over the unzipped purse, she threatened to shoot his ear off. It turns out that the feisty senior citizen is as good a bluffer as she is a runner; she didn't even have a gun!

The man turned over the purse, after which Horton felt sorry for him and pushed three dollars in his hand, telling him, "Now get the heck out of here."

"I said, 'Why didn't you just ask me for some change? I would have helped you. I would have gladly given it to you,'" Horton explained.
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Title Annotation:THE GOODNESS OF AMERICA
Author:Mass, Warren
Publication:The New American
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 16, 2006
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