Cooking gear can be intimidating if you don't know your microplane from your mortar—or if it's being brandished as a defensive weapon, as was the case earlier this month at a Chinese restaurant in Canarsie.

A would-be robber threatened employees with a knife and attempted to jump over the counter at Chen's Garden on Flatlands Avenue on January 4th around 8:30 p.m., only to be stopped mid-leap by employees waving soup ladles and other kitchen utensils. One worker even takes up a stool to better intimidate the attacker.

Restaurant workers deserve these better wages, yo.

The suspect in the incident, "last seen wearing a black mask, an orange hooded sweater, light colored jeans and orange work boots," according to the NYPD, is now wanted in connection with several other robberies that occurred on Flatlands Avenue.

Earlier on January 4th, police believe the same individual robbed a Baskin Robbins, making off with $533 from the cash register. On December 16th, the same individual allegedly passed a note demanding money to a Dunkin Donuts employee, who handed over $320. And on December 29th, it's thought this same person displayed a knife to a KFC/Taco Bell employee, who gave him $876 from the cash register.

No petty register cash is worth your life, but maybe it's time for fast food joints to start serving soup.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.