Three Subway restaurant employees thwarted a robbery yesterday by simply walking away from the wanna-be gangsta trying to hold them up.
The unusual incident began just before 11 p.m. last night at the eatery, 450 S. Sossaman, when a dude with black tape on his face piercing came in and ordered a sub and drink. He lifted his shirt up, showing off a gun tucked in his waistband, and demanded money. But the three workers just stepped back. One of them called the police.
The robber, who undoubtedly figured his firearm would have gotten more respect, yelled to the workers that he wasn't kidding, police say. (For some reason, we get a picture of a pistol-waving Yosemite Sam, sputtering "I'm serious!" to the mischievous Bugs Bunny).
The workers hid in a cooler until police arrived, and the failed robber scampered off without a penny. Cops have a detailed description of what he was wearing:
Approx 5'08"- 5'10" 180-200 lbs, dark hair, 20-25 years old, black t-shirt with white tribal symbol on left chest area, black baseball style cap with "O'Neil" printed perpendicular several times on the front, clean shaven with what appeared to be a labret piercing with black electrical tape wrapped around it.
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