Story By: Anastasia Smirnova, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
This is the moment a plucky shop owner sees off a burly masked gunman using only her trusted mop and a bucket of dirty water.
The bizarre incident took place at around 10pm in the village of Pinczyn in the north-central Polish region of Pomeranian Voivodeship, and the CCTV footage has been viewed 187,000 times on YouTube.
In the footage, a masked man in black is seen entering the shop with his gun raised.
With no one at the till, he approaches the counter but is suddenly struck with a bucket-load of dirty water.
A second later the heavyset shop assistant appears brandishing a mop which she thrusts in his face.
The masked man appears to reach below the counter for something, reportedly a packet of cigarettes, as the plucky woman, identified only by her first name Sofia, belts him over the head with the mop.
The burly man then runs out of the shop as the woman gives chase with her trusted mop in her hand.
Sofia, whose age was not disclosed, believes the man was sent to rob the store by someone she knows.
She added that he did not steal any money, but managed to make off with a packet of ciggies.
Sofia admitted that she does not know how she managed to behave so bravely when faced with the armed intruder.
The incident took place shortly before the store’s closing time and the local police have launched an investigation.
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