Pop quiz, hot shot: You’re an 89-year-old owner of a small store that is being robbed by a man carrying a sword (yes, a sword). Do you A) let him take what he wants and hope he doesn’t hurt you; B) try to talk him out of it; or C) grab the nearest object and start swinging away?
For a woman in Moses Lake, WA, the answer was clear — grab a golf club and tee off on the jerk trying to get away with her cash drawer.
The almost-nonagenarian, who has owned the store for 60 years, tells KREM-TV that the incident happened last Sunday.
She came upon the robber trying to pry open her cash register, and first thought about stabbing him with the scissors that were already in her hand.
“But I didn’t. I didn’t have the nerve to stab him,” she admits.
The man kept trying to scare her into opening the drawer for him but she refused, until… “He pulled out his little sword out of his little jacket, and he just kind of waved it a little bit.”
The storeowner says rather than feel threatened by the weapon, “It just probably made me a little bit more brave.”
The robber pushed her and she fell to the floor, where she found the golf club.
“I tried to swing this club at him and I tried to hit his head a couple times but I couldn’t reach it,” she recalls, saying she ended up hitting the man in the legs.
The robber was able to make off with the cash register, but he inexplicably left behind some souvenirs — his clothing, which he shed outside of the store.
“He must have been running around in his underwear and no shoes because that’s what they said, they found all his clothes,” says the storeowner.
The man also dumped the sword and register, both of which were recovered by police.