Dairy attendant calls robber's bluff

02:45, May 26 2014
Dairy robbery note
EMPTY THREAT: The note told the shop attendant that if he didn't hand over cigarettes and cash, he would be shot.

A shop attendant called the bluff of a would-be robber who threatened to shoot him if he did not hand over cash and cigarettes.

Bower Ave Dairy manager Andy Wei had just opened the store in New Brighton, Christchurch, when he was confronted by a young man who handed him a note just before 9am on Saturday.

Scrawled on the crumpled piece of a paper was a message telling him to put cash and cigarettes in a bag or he would be shot. Wei did not believe the man had a gun and called his bluff.

"Pull the trigger and shoot me . . . in the head," he told the man, who replied, "OK, I will go get my gun".

The man left the store and never returned. Wei locked the door and called police.

Wei said the incident was a shock but he never felt scared.


Constable Tony Hickland said the alleged robber was described as a Maori, aged in his 30s, about 1.75m tall, slim and with long dreadlocks. 

He was wearing a red hoodie with white writing on one side and the back, dark pants, sunglasses and carrying a black backpack.

It was possible the man had been hanging around the store before it opened and someone might have seen him then or as he left the store.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Tony Hickland on 03 3637400.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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