A man looking to rob a Georgia Waffle House quickly found out that the reputation for Southerners being armed is a matter of fact.
According to a report from the Villa Rica Police Department, the suspect walked into the diner, pulled out a handgun, and announced he was robbing the place.
Then a gunshot rang.
But, it came from one of the patrons who was also armed. It hit the would-be robber, causing him to flee.
As the suspect fled, he dropped his weapon and drove off. It was then discovered the weapon he was wielding was a BB gun.
“A customer who was dining inside then shot the suspect and the suspect fled from the restaurant,” the police department said.
Don’t bring a BB gun to a gunfight?
Man tries to rob Waffle House with BB gun, gets shot by customer https://t.co/dfMUJQWxYv
— AJC (@ajc) September 13, 2018
Police say the foiled robbery of a Georgia breakfast diner may be linked to the discovery of a dead person in a neighboring area.
The Waffle House location on Hwy. 61 in Villa Rica was the site of an early morning robbery attempt Thursday, reports the Villa Rica Police Department. Authorities say a male suspect entered the restaurant, pointed a gun at employees, and said he was robbing the business.
In a statement posted to social media, the police revealed a body was found in a nearby neighborhood. The police said they are investigating whether the cases are related.
Armed RobberyOn 09-13-2018 at approximately 12:30 AM, a male suspect entered the Waffle House at 592 Highway 61, Villa…
Interestingly, the chain diner promotes a gun-free atmosphere and has outlawed law enforcement from using their restaurants.
The new standing policy has not prevented patrons from concealing weapons and, on more than one occasion, used the firearm to defend it from would-be robbers.
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Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, the 24-hour breakfast chain has some 2,100 locations in 25 states, primarily in the South. Last October, one was robbed for the third time in as many weeks.
The chain in the past has kicked out law enforcement officers and armed National Guardsmen while enforcing their strict “no-guns” policy. This hasn’t stopped defensive gun use by armed concealed carry practitioners in 2015, 2013 and 2012, in each case leaving a would-be robber shot. Last year the chain terminated an armed waitress at a Newnan, Georgia location after she fired a shot in the air on the heels of three fleeing bandits who had threatened to shoot everyone during an armed robbery.
In April, a disturbed man shot four at a Tennessee Waffle House location, leading to a call for more gun control in the state from Nashville’s acting mayor.