Last Sunday a store clerk from Hans Food Mart used Pepper Spray to fend off a machete-wielding robber.
The clerk said a white man with a thin build entered the store, approached the front counter and demanded cash. When she refused, the man pulled out a two-foot machete and again demanded cash. The woman then bravely reached for her Pepper Spray, pointed the canister at the robber, who then fled without successfully stealing any money.
The robber was wearing a jean jacket over a grey hooded sweatshirt and jeans. He reportedly left the area driving an older silver-colored Nissan. A black man wearing a dark puffy jacket was in the passenger seat.
Although we do not generally recommend pepper spray be used against a potential threat armed with a lethal weapon, the clerk's brave actions worked in this situation. First, her actions indicate that she had a safety mindset and that she was committed to taking appropriate actions to keep herself safe. She did not panic. She did not freeze. She took action. Second, she opted to protect herself with a product that would enable her to do so from a distance. The reach of pepper spray is certainly a lot further than that of a subject carrying a knife. It is also safe to assume that she likely displayed a confident and collected demeanor, which quite possibly deterred the threat as well.
She was smart. She was ready and she stayed safe. Be prepared, not scared. Nicely done!