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It's not always rude to ignore people.
« on: July 12, 2016, 12:36:54 pm »
Especially not if they're trying to rob you at gunpoint:

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A New Zealand kebab shop owner who ignored a pistol-wielding, would-be robber and continued to serve his customers has insisted "I'm not a hero" after footage of his actions went viral.

Said Ahmed said he decided to call the bluff of a robber wearing a black hoodie and face mask who burst into the Egyptian Kebab House in Christchurch late in the evening.

In extraordinary CCTV footage released by Canterbury police, the robber shakes a sports bag in Ahmed's face with one hand and points a pistol at him with the other.

Instead of filling the bag with cash, Ahmed continues to pack the souvlaki he was working on and turns his back on the gunman to pick up some plastic cutlery and a napkin.

He then calmly reaches around the robber to hand the meal to a customer, who accepts it and warily backs away.

As Ahmed walks off to the kitchen, the gunman stands at the counter for a few seconds, not knowing what to do, then takes his bag and shuffles off somewhat sheepishly.

Footage of the May 28 incident has been viewed almost 140,000 times, with commentators labelling Ahmed "the chillest chip shop operator ever".

He said the robber demanded money but his first thought was serving his customer and his reaction wrong-footed the gunman.

"He didn't scare me... he was surprised from my reaction," he told Fairfax New Zealand.

"I was sure he would not shoot me. He came to rob me, not to kill me."

Ahmed, who migrated to New Zealand from Egypt 20 years ago, said it was the first incident of its kind in the 15 years he has owned the kebab shop.

"When he had gone my heart was beating hard," he told the New Zealand Herald, saying he "thanks God" for guiding him during the robbery.

The 55-year-old said he now closed his shop earlier and advised his children "be a little brave -- life can change in a few seconds".

Police said they were still seeking the gunman.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3686340/New-Zealand-kebab-shop-owner-blanks-armed-robber.html
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    Re: It's not always rude to ignore people.
    « Reply #1 on: July 12, 2016, 12:46:15 pm »
     :shocked

    It's a good thing he didn't get shot. Had it been a different criminal, they might not have minded shooting a difficult kebab shop owner.
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    « Reply #2 on: July 12, 2016, 11:54:14 pm »
    Yeah, I'm thinking if you tried that kind of thing here you'd get shot for your trouble and then the robber would help himself to the contents of the cash register.    :hmm
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    Re: It's not always rude to ignore people.
    « Reply #3 on: July 13, 2016, 12:00:14 am »
    Yeah, I'm thinking if you tried that kind of thing here you'd get shot for your trouble and then the robber would help himself to the contents of the cash register.    :hmm
    I agree.  He got away with it because the criminal was uncommitted and not aggressive enough.  Not because he did anything special.

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    "I was sure he would not shoot me. He came to rob me, not to kill me."
      :scrutiny That's playing Russian Roulette with too many hot chambers.

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    « Reply #4 on: July 13, 2016, 12:13:39 am »
    I went an found the video in question:



    You know what really disgusts me?  The customer.  The crook was totally oblivious to anything behind him, and this guy walks up to get his food... and leaves.  Pussy.  Clobber him in the head, take him to the ground...  Anything.  Don't just take your lunch and leave. :facepalm

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    « Reply #5 on: July 13, 2016, 12:25:29 am »
    I went an found the video in question:



    You know what really disgusts me?  The customer.  The crook was totally oblivious to anything behind him, and this guy walks up to get his food... and leaves.  Pussy.  Clobber him in the head, take him to the ground...  Anything.  Don't just take your lunch and leave. :facepalm

    Aww, but kaso, the kebabs there are really good. When it comes to fighting crime or letting your kebab get cold, the choice is simple  :neener.
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    « Reply #6 on: July 13, 2016, 12:31:27 am »
    Aww, but kaso, the kebabs there are really good. When it comes to fighting crime or letting your kebab get cold, the choice is simple  :neener.
    Priorities, right?  The customer is still a pussy.

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    « Reply #7 on: July 13, 2016, 12:38:29 am »
    Priorities, right?  The customer is still a pussy.

    Oh agreed, he's a complete pussy. The only out he has for not reacting in that situation is 1. NZ is so messed up that had he intervened to save the kebab owners life, he himself would get a guaranteed jail sentence and be out of a job (I.e. his wife and kids would starve without his financial support) or 2. His family was with him when this happened and his first priority was to physically get them to safety.

    But barring that?  :scrutiny

    The dude really had a less than stellar performance.
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    Do we forget that cops were primarily still using 6 Shot Revolvers well through the mid 80's? It wasn't until after 1986 that most departments then relented and went to autos.
    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
    Ray Chapman, used to say that the 125-grain Magnum load’s almost magical stopping power was the only reason to load .357 instead of .38 Special +P ammunition into a fighting revolver chambered for the Magnum round. I agree. - Massad Ayoob

    Paradoxically it is those who strive for self-reliance, who remain vigilant and ready to help others.

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