Gas Station Cashier Doesn’t Care If You’re Trying To Rob The Place, You’ve Got To Wait In Line

Even if you’re in a hurry to rob a gas station, manners are still important. Which is why a cashier at a Speedway in Michigan told a would-be robber she’d have to get to the back of the line, despite the fact that the woman claimed she had a gun. The rules are important to fellow customers, after all.

The Detroit Free Press says the suspect came in at about 12:45 a.m. with a shirt pulled up over her head, and approached the cashier. She said it was a stick-up , claimed she had a gun and demanded money, cops say.

Instead of caving or quailing in the face of potential danger, the cashier simply told the woman there was a line and she’d have to get in it, because other people were waiting. Any robbing to be done would need to wait until it was her turn in line.

Although the woman walked around the counter, the cashier said she was calling police, which caused the suspect to flee the gas station.

While this situation turned out okay and without any injuries, we’re still not sure we’d have the guts to sass anyone who claimed to be packing a weapon, bad manners or no.

Police: Cashier says ‘no’ to would-be robber, orders her to get back in line [Detroit Free Press]


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  1. The Colonel says:

    Really that is the problem with criminals these days. No manners!

  2. AnonymousCitizen says:

    Once again this proves the saying, “an armed society is a polite society.”

    • Chuft-Captain says:

      Since no one at all was armed, I fail to see how that is proven here, unless you mean armed with wits.

      The entire premise you quoted is based on the idea that knowing that others are armed will make one more hesitant to treat others with disrespect or poor manners. Not only did that never work to begin with (see: gunfights in the wild west were not the constant occurences the movies and TV show them as), but in this case, it doesn’t even apply, since none of the patrons or staff appear to have been armed, and no such incentive was used on the robber.

      • waitetr says:

        Oh I’m pretty sure the robber was armed…how else would they pull the shirt up over their face? I’m also guessing the cashier was armed else it would make dialing a phone pretty difficult

        • videoman says:

          Maybe it was a case of the cashier deciding it didn’t really matter if the robber was armed or not. Many people would say that their minimum wage job isn’t worth the chance of getting shot. Other people may decide that their life is bad enough that it doesn’t matter if they get shot.

    • Jaynor says:

      Oooh – a quote from Heinlien. Here are some more
      “There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute or common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped, or turned back. ”

      “Reason is poor propaganda when opposed by the yammering, unceasing lies of shrewd and evil and self-serving men. ”

      “The capacity of the human mind for swallowing nonsense and spewing it forth in violent and repressive action has never yet been plumbed. ”

      And one of my favorites:
      “Progress doesn’t come from early risers — progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.”
      “Take sides! Always take sides! You will sometimes be wrong — but the man who refuses to take sides must always be wrong.”

    • MarkFL says:

      Yeah. I remember right after 9/11 someone suggested that we should arm all the passengers on airline flights — until I reminded him of the ugliness that already occurs when space gets scarce in the overhead bins, then imagine it with guns.

  3. MathMan aka Random Talker says:

    I’m just having a lot of fun picturing how a someone with their shirt pulled over their head would look. Was it over her face? Could she see? Was she wearing a bra? Where her arms in an awkward position due to the shirt being pulled up? Where was the alleged gun? So many questions and so much fun.

  4. Sarek says:

    Another example showing the breakdown and coarsening of the culture. Back in the day, a robber would have had the decency to wait his turn. Tsk! These kids today! No manners.

  5. LMA says:

    But did the robber have a gub?

  6. lehrdude says:

    I am Cornholio! I need BP for my bunghole!

  7. StarKillerX says:

    So a treat to call the police sent the woman running, I mean when she decided to rob the place did she honestly think that the police wouldn’t be called?

  8. who? says:

    When I was in high school, I worked at a fast food place that went through a string of robberies. We were getting robbed about twice a month. We only managed to stop one robbery. It was late, and we were getting ready to close, and there was only one guy inside the store. We didn’t usually let him work by himself, because he the brightest bulb on the tree, and it would take him 10 minutes to collect the money and count change, one coin at a time. A guy walks up to the drive through window and points a gun at the employee. Employee panics and quotes the store rule, “We can’t serve you at the drive through on foot. If you’re on foot, you have to go around to the walk up window.” The robber, being a polite robber, walks around to the walk up window, and points the same gun at the same employee. By this time, however, the employee has had a chance to push the panic button, and a guy who was in the back office counting the money called the cops. The cops came while register guy was still counting out the money, one bill at a time.

  9. Alex d'Indiana says:

    Something tells me this cashier would have respected the robber if she were a man. I didn’t know there was even a glass ceiling in gas station robbing profession.

    • MarkFL says:

      Must you assume sexism in everything? Perhaps the cashier just didn’t respect the robber for not buying an actual mask. She wasn’t just rude, she didn’t come prepared. C’mon people, show some professionalism!

  10. MarkFL says:

    Perhaps the robber was actually at the front of the line but was sent to the back because she was yakking away on her cellphone.

  11. Jack T Ripper says:

    Stupid criminal… Who tries to rob a store while it is full of customers? Thieves today need to take a class or something. It is embarrassing.

    I think this is a good way to handle all would be robbers though. Just call their bluff. They are a petty thief and not a murderer. Personally I don’t remember the last time someone shot up the inside of a store and got away with it, so they know they will get caught. I’d rather get caught for stealing a few hundred bucks than for attempted murder. So most of them are just going to leave. Some might shoot the walls and scare the hell out of you, but they aren’t going to kill you. In the words of Batman ‘Criminals Are A Superstitious And Cowardly Lot…’

  12. becina says:

    Please, that’s an old urban legend. This story has been circulating for years.

  13. mearow says:

    Wouldn’t there be more money in the till, if the robber did wait for all the customers to make their purchases?

  14. Jeff asks: "WTF could you possibly have been thinking? says:

    I thought most places have a policy against resisting an armed robbery attempt. Can we start a poll? Who thinks she’ll get fired? Who thinks she’ll be rewarded and given a Certificate of Appreciation? Or will we never hear of this again?