Clerk With Machete Chases Off Armed Robber
NY worker wouldn't back down despite warning shot
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 3:20 AM CDT
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(Newser) – In a move police strongly recommend others don't try to emulate, a machete-wielding clerk chased a would-be armed robber out of a Long Island deli—even after the suspect fired a warning shot from his handgun. Surveillance video captured the clerk pulling out the machete after the masked man walked into the store and demanded cash. Another clerk at the Brentwood store says his colleague didn't realize the gun was real. "He thought it was a fake gun—it was a very small gun, so that’s why he reacted like that," the clerk tells CBS, adding that "in some part, we’re proud of him, but in some way he risked his life."

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Oct 11, 2013 9:26 AM CDT
If this is not a prank, then the robber should seriously consider another line of work.
Oct 8, 2013 2:44 PM CDT
When I watch this I have to wonder if this wasn't a setup by the clerk to get attention, a pay increase or a girlfriend... Unless the guy with the pistol was SO SHOCKED and frozen he couldn't react - I think it strange (and fortunate) that the robber didn't kill the clerk..
Oct 8, 2013 11:04 AM CDT
Isn't anyone wondering why the Long Island deli even had a machete under the counter?