Grocery store robbery foiled by -- groceries
What does it take to stop a grocery store armed robbery in its tracks?
Groceries, apparently. Specifically, two bottles of fruit syrup and a loaf of bread. That is, if you live in Worthing, England.
As the U.K. newspaper Evening Standard reports, the unidentified, masked robber entered an Express Supermarket Monday at around 10:00 p.m., brandished a knife and demanded the money in the till.
That's when a nearby shopper and his young daughter sprang into action. Dad grabbed two bottles of squash -- not the vegetable, but a concentrated fruit syrup used to make beverages -- and lobbed them at the robber.
The little girl, meanwhile, grabbed what she could and threw it at the robber -- in her case, a loaf of bread.
Whether from pain or surprise, or both, the modest assault of foodstuffs was enough to convince the robber to abandon his plan and flee the store.
The entire affair, by the way, was captured on security camera footage. Police praised the father and daughter for their bravery, and have distributed the CCTV footage in an effort to generate tips concerning the robber's identity.