Australian gas station owner fights off armed robber
November 26, 2017
An Australian service station owner has exacted sweet revenge on a would-be robber armed with a machete, 7 News reports.
Ratan Raju, whose service station is outside the town of Caboolture in rural Queensland, grabbed the nearest thing to hand to protect himself when he was confronted by the armed man: a lolly tin.
CCTV footage shows the man approaching Raju, waving his machete around and demanding cash. Raju grabs a large tin of Milkos from behind the counter and hurls it at his assailant's head, sending him running for the door.
Raju then follows the would-be robber outside, arming himself with a tube of Pringles and a pot of honey on the way.
"I whacked him on his head and then he ran further so I ran closer to the garbage bin and I gave it to him on his back," Raju told 7 News.
"He was coming back with a knife, so I got [a] chair and I said 'come on, bring it on'."
It's not the first time the Australian Navy veteran has taken on a robber: the last person whe demanded cash from his till got knocked out cold.
During the latest drama, Raju's wife and children were in the room behind the store.
"I work 14 hours a day, seven days a week, no one is just going to come in and grab my sweat and my blood off me," he said.
And if the robber returns? Raju has a clear message: "He'll be sleeping on that ground, I swear."