On Feb. 2, a store owner in Ontario, Canada, chased away a thief by throwing a banana at him. According to the local police, the suspect went into the store, walked toward the owner, and demanded money. The store owner promptly reached for a banana and used it to hit the suspect. He fled the scene on foot. The store owner, Kim Seong-ae, explained, “Around nine o’clock, my husband was sitting down in the corner watching TV. I was sitting down in this corner having a banana. Somebody came in, all covered up, and he wanted me to open the cash register.” She continued, “Then he jumped up to the counter. My husband pushed him down. Then I was scared my husband was going to be hurt, so I got the bananas and started to hit him so hard and he ran away.” Fortunately, Kim and her husband were unhurt. “The banana had some minor bruises,” said Akhil Mooken, an officer at Peel Regional Police. He said, “We always urge retail employees to not resist during robberies so as to avoid any injury.”
Chris Hong Copy Editor
1. What time did the thief enter the store?
2. Who defended themselves with a banana?
3. What advice did officer Akhil Mooken have for retail employees?
1. Would you listen to officer Akhil Mooken's advice?
2. What would you have done if you were Kim Seong-ae?
3. If you had to, what food item would you defend yourself with?
4. How can store employees stay safe during robberies?