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To the editor,

I just wanted to pass my story along in the hopes maybe you could do a piece in The Coast about why it's just safer to take a cab ride home nowadays. I had to learn this lesson the hard way last night.

I got jumped on the Common around 1:30am on December 30. Six 15- to 18-year-old thugs hit me in the back of the head, knocked me down, took my glasses away and then proceeded to kick the holy hell out of my head, chest and legs until I screamed I would give them my valuables. They paused and I gave them my mp3 player. They told me to start emptying my pockets, but luckily they got scared away by the cars at the intersection nearby. I lay on my chest until they were far away and then bolted to the Needs on Windsor.

I don't want any pity. I just think the word should get out that it's just safer to take a cab home than risk the chance of this happening to you.

By Stew Metz

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