If this guy hadn’t been allowed to own a pitchfork or had been forced to submit to a background check prior to purchasing the pitchfork, perhaps this incident would have never happened:
Norcross police say 50-year-old Jeffery Wooten entered the diner in Norcross, Georgia, Thursday night and forced people toward a back room. He then grabbed the cash register.[T]he suspect dropped the pitchfork while carrying that cash register back to his truck.Two restaurant workers followed the robber outside, grabbed the abandoned pitchfork and used it to smash a window on the robber’s truck as he escaped, possibly injuring the suspect.Norcross Police Chief Warren Summers says investigators have secured a warrant charging Wooten with armed robbery. He has not yet been caught.
This guy obviously didn’t think his crime through beforehand. What was he doing putting the pitchfork down so that he could carry the cash out to his truck? He needed a helping hand; someone to threaten customers and staff with the pitchfork so that he could grab the cash. No news yet on whether this Waffle House was a pitchfork-free zone.
What I do know is if there had been even one customer or employee there armed with a gun, the guy would have likely dropped his pitchfork and bolted.