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A 96-year-old store owner thwarted an attempted robbery with nerves of steel and a fist of sass. But police say that's not the safest way to handle such a situation.
"I said I'm not opening up that cash register and that's it, I'm not opening it," Margaretta Wolf, owner of Wolf's Grocery Store in Marshfield, Wisconsin, told WAOW-TV. "I said you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register."
Wolf may have howled the knife-wielding robber out of the store, but police caution against adopting her approach. If you're a mom-and-pop store owner, here are some law-enforcement tips about what to do when confronted by a robber:
These robbery response strategies require planning and coordination between employees and management, the Portland Police Bureau reminds us.
That's why you'll want to set aside some time to think about how you might react in a robbery situation and discuss your concerns with your employees. A thoughtful emergency plan can reduce the amount of money stolen and minimize the chance for injury and loss of life.
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