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Crimefighting Grannies Save the Day

29-Aug-2014

A would-be robber at an Oklahoma City discount store got more than he bargained for when an 81-year-old woman stepped in. According to a cashier at Family Dollar on NW 23rd, a man walked up to the register last Tuesday afternoon and demanded that the cashier give him the money in the till. The cashier said that the man had a t-shirt wrapped around his hand to indicate he was concealing a gun. 

An elderly woman shopping in the store noticed the man's attempt to rob the cashier and decided she wasn't having it. The little old lady, not intimidated by a possible weapon, walked up to the checkout lane and began hitting the robber and smacking him with her purse, saying, "Oh, no you are not robbing them." After the cowed assailant fled the store, the superhero granny left, saying she was too busy with other things to stick around to talk to police about the incident. All in a day's work, I guess.

Often, criminals attack those who seem the most vulnerable. One might think that an elderly lady would be an easy target, but you just never know what you are getting into. Sure, some might be frail and weak, but others have been around long enough and been through enough hard times that they aren't taking any guff off of anyone. 

While bystanders simply film what's going on, the little lady runs up and uses her handbag to fight off six--yes, six--men.

You have heard the saying, "Never bring a knife to a gunfight." It's probably good advice, but you should never underestimate the power of a little old lady with a big old purse. But purses aren't the only dangerous weapons these crimefighting grannies brandish. In Washington this spring, an 89-year-old store owner fought off a sword-wielding robber . . . with a golf club. The woman told reporters that she didn't have the heart to stab him with the scissors she was holding, but instead grabbed the golf club and struck him in the legs. She said that seeing the assailant's sword didn't frighten. Instead, she said, "It probably made me a little more brave."

Purses, golf clubs, and . . . fruit? Hell hath no fury like a little old lady witnessing a crime. In Massachussetts, an 80-year-old woman witnessing an attempted robbery in a market began throwing mangoes and a bag of apples at the two men who brandished a gun, demanding money from a store clerk. Getting beaned with produce was enough to make the men flee, but not before striking the elderly woman in the head with the gun. Undeterred, she chased them out of the store and was later able to identify them to police. The two men were charged with armed robbery, masked robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon without a license, and assault and battery of a person over 50.

They say that if you mess with the bull, you'll get the horns; mess with the granny, and who knows what you'll get?

 



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