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"This is a robbery!" warns man armed with tree branch
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Posted on 01/21/2004 2:44:39 PM PST by martin_fierro

"This is a robbery!" warns man armed with tree branch

LISBON (AFP) - A 46-year-old man armed with a tree branch robbed just over 1,000 euros (1,260 dollars) from a customer at a bank in suburban Lisbon but was forcibly subdued by other bank clients before he could escape, it was reported.

The man pressed the branch against the back of the customer on Monday and shouted "This is a robbery!" before grabbing the cash which the bank client had just withdrawn, a police source told daily newspaper 24Horas.

But as the assailant attempted to flee, he was grabbed and beaten up by other bank clients who held him until police arrived, the paper said.

The would-be robber was taken to a hospital emergency ward for treatment to cuts and bruises.

Police said he would undergo psychological testing.

"The authorities are used to dealing with robberies involving guns. But they have never dealt with thieves trying to rob banks with branches before," a police spokesman told daily newspaper Correio da Manha.


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: branch; robbery; shrubbery

1 posted on 01/21/2004 2:44:40 PM PST by martin_fierro
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To: 2Trievers; albee; annyokie; Bloody Sam Roberts; Born Conservative; BraveMan; Chad Fairbanks; ...
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Maybe he said, "This is a SHRUBBERY!"

2 posted on 01/21/2004 2:45:57 PM PST by martin_fierro (Uneasy in my easy chair.)
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Unclear on the concept of "Knocking over a bank branch."
3 posted on 01/21/2004 2:47:11 PM PST by martin_fierro (Uneasy in my easy chair.)
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To: martin_fierro
LOL!

Is she a co-conspirator?


4 posted on 01/21/2004 3:06:41 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: martin_fierro
"Hey, that's no gun. So just make like a tree and leaf."
5 posted on 01/21/2004 3:31:51 PM PST by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: martin_fierro
ow... just ow
6 posted on 01/21/2004 4:07:49 PM PST by MacDorcha
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To: martin_fierro
Are you sure he didn't say, this is a "stick" up??
7 posted on 01/21/2004 4:23:13 PM PST by EggsAckley (...................Repeal the Fourteenth Amendment.......................)
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Just nuts!
8 posted on 01/21/2004 5:54:17 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Death is certain; little chance of success; what are we waiting for???)
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The man pressed the branch against the back of the customer on Monday and shouted "This is a robbery!"

No, this is a SHRUBBERY!

Just damn.

If you want on the list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

9 posted on 01/21/2004 5:56:08 PM PST by mhking
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You just can't make this stuff up.
10 posted on 01/21/2004 6:03:21 PM PST by ConservativeMan55 (You...You sit down! You've had your say and now I'll have mine!!!!)
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To: martin_fierro
But as the assailant attempted to flee, he was grabbed and beaten up by other bank clients who held him until police arrived, the paper said.

Ya know, I sorta feel sorry for the poor sap...

11 posted on 01/21/2004 6:07:49 PM PST by mikrofon
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To: martin_fierro
'This is a stickin f**k up!'
'Ah, uh, I mean uh ....'

:-)
12 posted on 01/21/2004 6:11:27 PM PST by Snagglepuss (Thoughts are things)
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To: martin_fierro
Looks like we need stricter branch control laws....
13 posted on 01/21/2004 6:24:41 PM PST by Sofa King (-I am Sofa King- tired of liberal BS! http://www.angelfire.com/art2/sofaking/index.htm)
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To: mikrofon
I feel sorry for the poor sapling...
14 posted on 01/21/2004 6:25:24 PM PST by Sofa King (-I am Sofa King- tired of liberal BS! http://www.angelfire.com/art2/sofaking/index.htm)
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To: martin_fierro

Sgt.: Now, self-defence. Tonight I shall be carrying on from where we got to last week when I was showing you how to defend yourselves against anyone who attacks you with armed with a piece of fresh fruit.

(Grumbles from all)

Palin: Oh, you promised you wouldn't do fruit this week.

Sgt.: What do you mean?

Jones: We've done fruit the last nine weeks.

Sgt.: What's wrong with fruit? You think you know it all, eh?

Palin: Can't we do something else?

Idle (Welsh): Like someone who attacks you with a pointed stick?

Sgt.: Pointed stick? Oh, oh, oh. We want to learn how to defend ourselves against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you eh? Well I'll tell you something my lad. When you're walking home tonight and some great homicidal maniac comes after you with a bunch of loganberries, don't come crying to me! Now, the passion fruit. When your assailant lunges at you with a passion fruit...


15 posted on 01/21/2004 6:51:05 PM PST by weegee
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It's highway shrubbery, that's what this is!

16 posted on 01/21/2004 6:52:51 PM PST by weegee
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His bark was worse ... oh, nevermind.
17 posted on 01/21/2004 7:12:30 PM PST by martin_fierro (Uneasy in my easy chair.)
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To: EggsAckley
But as the assailant attempted to flee, he was grabbed and beaten up by other bank clients who held him until police arrived, the paper said.

Eyewitnesses saw the branch.

18 posted on 01/21/2004 7:13:56 PM PST by martin_fierro (Uneasy in my easy chair.)
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To: EggsAckley
LoLoL...

OUCH...

LoLoLoL...

OW...

I'm not recovered enough for this yet!
19 posted on 01/21/2004 7:32:11 PM PST by Sweet_Sunflower29 (Emergency open gall bladder surgery; 32 staples and a 9" scar; I hurt. *Ouch*)
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To: martin_fierro
Shrillary: Poverty, caused by tax cuts, was the root of this man's crime...
20 posted on 01/22/2004 8:22:36 AM PST by Yehuda (http://www.JewPoint.blogspot.com)
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