See the Calmest Way Possible to Foil an Armed Robbery

How does this New Zealand eatery owner stay so chill?!
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2016 9:43 AM CDT

The owner of a New Zealand kebab eatery kept calm and carried on as a robber-wannabe waved his gun and demanded money—as in, the owner carried on serving his customers while ignoring the gunman, the BBC reports. In a video posted by the Canterbury Police on Facebook, Said Ahmed can be seen working behind the counter at his Christchurch takeout joint when the masked suspect comes in, and Ahmed even appears to smile as the perp asks him for the restaurant's cash. But, as Ahmed explains, "I am a businessman. I hadn't finished with my customer and my priority was to finish serving him."

And so he works around the guy holding the gun at his counter, instead handing a bagged order of chicken souvlaki to a waiting customer, who nervously grabs the bag and exits. Ahmed then casually strolls back to the kitchen, where he calls the cops as the confused, defeated robber leaves the eatery, per the Guardian. "My heart was beating quickly," says Ahmed, who came to New Zealand from Egypt 20 years ago. "I was scared, but I wasn't going to show him that." Canterbury cops are still looking into the robbery attempt. (A Chihuahua chased off a couple of LA robbers.)

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