Katherine Donlevy, New York Post, August 2, 2023
Two 7-Eleven workers in California took matters into their own hands and used a stick to wallop a man who tried to steal a trash can full of cigarettes.
Shocking video of the attempted robbery shows one employee holding the thief down while his colleague relentlessly whacks him roughly 25 times.
Sikh grocery store owner was told to let this scum bag insult them and steal as much as he likes.
He had other ideas… 🔥 pic.twitter.com/kQRDhQc5w6
— Ben Kew 🏌️♂️ (@ben_kew) August 2, 2023
Before he was taken down by the retail workers, the robber had casually sauntered behind the California convenience store’s register with a 20-gallon trash can in tow.
He nonchalantly grabs fistfuls of tobacco products — including cigarettes, cigars and vapes — and tosses them into the bin as the off-camera workers plead for him to stop.
“Just let him go. There ain’t nothing you can do. They’re not going to do nothing,” the bystander who took the video can be heard saying, seemingly referencing the national string of thefts in which shoplifters raid shelves of supplies before walking out with their loot.
The green-and-black-clad worker switches from a defensive role when the thief tries to push past him and orders him to move out of the way while he continues his heist.
The employee quickly grapples with the robber and tackles him to the floor, just in time for his co-worker to appear and deliver 23 brutal blows with what appears to be a broomstick.
In subsequent videos shared by the bystander, the employees contemplate calling the police on the thief, but opt to let him walk out empty-handed.
The thief claims he was beaten so badly that he can’t stand up and walk out on his own, until the bystander calls his bluff.
Amid his agonized groans and pleas for his freedom, the thief asks whether he can get a soda for the road.