In this video, someone in a hooded sweater comes into the shop and brandishes a knife at the shopkeeper. The customers disperse in fear. Without missing a beat, the shopkeeper bends over and grabs what is presumably the nearest weapon he could find: a folding chair. He then proceeds to beat the robber with it. The robber tries to threaten the shopkeeper some more with the knife while defending himself from the blows. He attempts to grab the cash register, but the shopkeeper won’t have it. Finally, the robber just gives up and leaves.
The formal definition of robbery is the taking or the attempt to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by using force, threat of force, violence, and/or by putting the victim in fear. There is no statutory requirement for the level of force or fear.
Most people think that robberies can only be committed in banks or at late-night retail establishments like gas stations or convenience stores, where the perpetrator uses a gun to force the cashier to hand over the money. However, most robberies actually happen on the street, person-to-person. This is called a strong-arm robbery. In contrast, when someone uses force or fear to steal your car, it’s called carjacking. When someone robs a person in their home, it’s called home invasion robbery. A shoplifter can also commit the crime of robbery if they fight with store personnel who try to stop them.
Robberies can occur almost anywhere at any time, but tend to happen more often in anticipated private or public settings and at expected times, as long as there is a motivated robber and an unwilling victim at the wrong place at the wrong time. Most commercial robbery victims are not injured as long as long as they don’t resist, but crime prevention methods vary depending on the circumstance. The shopkeeper’s proved to be very effective.