how to react to an armed robbery attempt, textbook solution.

Here’s a video of an attempted armed robbery at an Internet cafe in Florida. Three guys rush in, guns in their hands…and the security guard, seated behind a desk, gets up, draws his gun, and starts firing not three seconds after the bad guys open that front door.

This was in the wee hours of the morning, when human reaction times are at their worst, and the guy has a job that’s probably pretty boring most of the time, but he went from checking his computer screen to Battle Stations in absolutely no time. He didn’t hesitate or freeze under stress, he just committed himself to action and then followed through, protecting himself and the customers of that Internet cafe against armed and numerically superior aggressors. That’s how it’s done, folks.

What is it with armed robberies of Internet cafes in Florida? What’s the potential take at an Internet cafe, other than the customer wallets and maybe a few laptops?

8 thoughts on “how to react to an armed robbery attempt, textbook solution.

  1. Clearly that gent had wargamed that scenario a few (dozen) times. His OODA loop was quite short.

  2. Internet cafes are one of the few places you can gamble in Florida.

    They take in money for online casinos, and send the receipts to the online casino to credit to the customer. If the customer wants to cash out, they have the internet cafe make a gift of the money to the customer.

      • The whole thing reminds me of Japanese Pachinko Parlors.

        If you win you get the equivalent of a Cupie Doll. You take that doll to the shuttered window in the alley nearby and exchange it for a chunk of cash …

  3. Heh. I love it when the bad guys go in hot and realize they’ve bitten off more than they expected.

  4. Yep. The bad guys go in hot, and realize the old guy with the rent-a-cop uniform sleeping in the corner was sleeping even hotter! The guard’s OODA loop was tighter than the robbers’ OOWTF loop.
    To quote Hannibal somebody or other, “I love it when a plan comes together” (or in this case goes bad for the right people).