Dairy robbery 'just a job hazard'

19:41, Aug 21 2012

A dairy owner, who was scratched in the face while a man robbed her last night, shrugged it off as a hazard of the job.

At 7.45pm a man, with clothing covering his face, walked into the Caspar Dairy on Great South Rd, Papatoetoe and threw the cash register on the ground in an attempt to open it.

While he was trying to grab the cash Qing Ping and her husband Tom Cai intervened.

Ping sustained a scratch to the face and Cai was punched in the right eye, before they eventually activated their alarm and the man ran off.

He is believed to have got away with less than $20.

Despite the violent attack Ping fronted the shop again this morning. The doors opened a little later than usual because they needed to fix the cash register.

"When you own a shop, something like that will happen - it's ok," Ping said.

The couple have owned the shop for the last eight years and it was the first time they had been robbed.

Ping acknowledged she should probably not have tried to stop the offender but said it was a reflex response.

Counties Manukau police said they were in the process of retrieving CCTV footage of the incident.

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