A local convenience store owner acquired some major street-cred Monday morning after surveillance footage from a security camera captured, 69-year-old Seungae Kim fending off a would-be robber, with a cluster of bananas (and a bit of courage).
“No one is going to mess with her.” Kelly Rawlins, a regular customer of Kim’s, joked to the Toronto Star.
Kim and her husband are the owners of A&J Convenience in Cooksville, Mississauga and were working together when the almost-thief barge through the doors on Saturday night and demanded the couple open up the cash register.
“I had to do something, so I reached for whatever was there,” Kim detailed to the star. “I hit him hard with the bananas, and he ran away.”
The altercation wasn't just all-kinds-of-silly either; it was also all kinds of heartwarming as well. According to her interview with The Star, Kim wasn't the least bit concerned about money inside the register, all she wanted to protect...was her husband. I think it’s pretty safe to say; mission accomplished on that one Mrs. Kim.
Another highlight of the brief video is the moment when the masked criminal just gives up and saunters off defeated. You have to wonder what must’ve been going through his head and how one can never truly prepare oneself for a sudden banana attack. Check out the surveillance video for yourself:
All jokes aside, it is nothing short of luck that the Kim’s thwarted attacker wasn’t armed and Peel Region police have warned others not to try to mimic Mrs. Kim’s brave action because rare moments of courage do not always have such light-hearted outcomes.
#PRP investigating an attempted convenience store robbery in the area of Hurontario St/John St in #Mississauga. Male suspect fled after employees defended themselves by striking the suspect with a banana. No injuries. PR19-0043246.— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) February 3, 2019
The individual behind the attack reminds at large, and anyone with information should contact authorities at 905-453-3311.