Man Refuses to Give Up Louis Vuitton When Robbed at Gunpoint, Goes Viral
Not all heroes wear capes, but, apparently, they do own designer bags.
Jerad Kluting, 31, was walking back to his home in Holland, Michigan, at around 5 p.m. when a man came out of nowhere, pulled out a gun, and demanded that Kluting hand over his $1,700 Louis Vuitton bag.
"It happened very fast," Kluting told WOODTV.com. "In one motion, he took the gun out of his waist belt and with the other hand put up a bandana over his mouth and pointed. [He] was like, 'Give me your bag.'" But it's Kluting's response to this terrifying situation that has gotten tons of online attention.
"I was like, 'You're not getting my Louis Vuitton,'" Kluting recounted. "I worked very hard for this and this bag, I've had forever, and it means a lot to me."
The robber fired off two warning shots into the air and Kluting ran away. "I didn't have time to think—I just reacted," he told BuzzFeed News. "He pursued me that time and he fired two more shots. On the fourth one, his gun jammed and he had to reload it."
Fortunately, Kluting managed to get away, and the police have since arrested the 21-year-old suspect. While the police (and, probably, most people) wouldn't advise risking your life over a designer bag, Kluting told WOODTV.com: "I love Louis Vuitton and I saw this bag long before I could buy it and I saved up my money to buy it. It means a lot to me. … It represents me. I wasn't about to relinquish my personal property."
If Kluting has one message for the armed robber, it's this: "'I got my bag.' He can pry it out of my cold dead hands."
Kluting's story went viral, and while everyone can agree that this wasn't the smartest of moves, many people have reached out to Kluting calling him a "hero." Not all heroes wear capes, but, apparently, at least one of them does own a Luis Vuitton bag.
And while Kluting does believe that he would probably give up the bag if something like that were to (heaven forbid) happen again, he's also proud he stood by his principles.
"As my grandmother would say, 'If you're born to hang, you'll never drown,'" he said.
You can watch his full interview here:
And for more everyday heroes, check out this woman's viral response to being told she needed to install a bar in her shower.
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