Clerk Uses Stapler To Fend Off Robber
A gas station clerk fended off an armed robber last week by arming himself with a hammer stapler.
Police released photos of the robbery Thursday, Aug. 30. They show the masked man walking into Starvin’ Sam’s, 1101 Iowa St.
He brandished a pair of pruning clippers with 3-inch blades, said David Kassner, the clerk working the graveyard shift at 2:50 a.m. Aug. 20. The suspect, who wore a black ski mask with eyeholes, strode toward the cash register and demanded money.
“But I wouldn’t do that,” said Kassner, a retired U.S. Army staff sergeant who served in southeast Asia.
Instead the clerk backed up and grabbed a hammer-style stapler that happened to be sitting on a countertop. Employees at the service station use the stapler to tack up posters.