A NJ deli owner dealt with his first robbery this way: By throwing a pot of oil on the robber. The owner of Cos's Corner Deli in Linden, NJ told the Star-Ledger, "I couldn’t just stand here and watch him take my money. We don’t rob people to make money. We work 12 to 15 hours a day to put bread on the table."
The incident occurred yesterday just after 2 p.m., when a man wearing a blue winter coat entered the deli and pointed a gun at the owner. The Star-Ledger reports, "The owner retreated to the back while the man tried to open the cash register. Then, as the thief was preoccupied with the register, the owner grabbed a pot of hot oil next to the deep fryer and hurled it on the perpetrator." The owner said, "It's like 350 degrees. I think that got him, he felt the heat, that's when he ran away."
The police are reviewing surveillance footage and will be alerting area hospitals, in case the suspect sought medical attention for possible burns.