Morons of the Day: Robbers lose $40 trying to rob gun store

If you were going to rob a place, what is one of the last places you would think of besides, maybe, a police station? A gun store perhaps? Yeah, that wouldn’t be too bright – unless you’re a moron (story here).

Two men Thursday used an unloaded revolver to try to rob a Northland gun store, even though the clerk wore a shoulder holster with a semiautomatic handgun in plain view.

Not surprisingly, the holdup failed miserably. In fact, the robbers lost $40.

They could have lost more, said the 65-year-old clerk, who didn’t want his name published.

“I wear this gun like this, hoping it will be a deterrent,” the clerk said Friday. “But he (the gunman) basically made his own decision to take the chance of dying — and he just about did.”

It all started about 2 p.m. when one of the robbers came into Guns Unlimited, 8113 N. Oak Trafficway, and asked for a box of .357 Magnum ammunition. The clerk told him it would cost about $50. The man, who looked to be in his 20s, said he needed to get more money and left.

Just before 5 p.m., he returned with a partner and said he wanted to buy the ammunition. The clerk looked at his identification to check his age, rang up the sale and told the man he owed $50.19. The man slid two $20 bills onto the counter.

“You’re $10.19 short,” the clerk said.

The man pulled a blue .357 revolver with a 4-inch barrel from his waistband, pointed it at the clerk and said, “Give me your money!”

The clerk had practiced for just such an occasion. He was ready.

He zeroed in on the robber’s cylinder and saw it was empty as he reached for his own gun and pulled it from its holster.

“His eyes got as big as two dinner plates,” the clerk said. “Before I got mine pointed at him, he ran to the door at, like, 95 mph. I’m surprised he didn’t bust the glass out of the door.”

The clerk, who had started to squeeze his trigger, relaxed his finger as the robbers fled, leaving behind the two $20 bills.

“I was going to shoot him,” the clerk said. “Everything that could have gone wrong could have, but didn’t.”

The cops haven’t caught these two idiots yet but something tells me that sooner or later they’ll be Darwin Award recipients.


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