A criminal ended up on the wrong side of a wok after a foiled attempt to rob a Chinese takeaway at the weekend.
The incident occurred on Friday evening (October 14) at Lin's Chinese restaurant on Barrack Street.
A male wearing a balaclava jumped the counter, wielding a metal bar at the staff between 6.50 and 7pm.
However, the would-be robber went from the frying pan and into the fire when the brave takeaway boss turned on him. Manager Simon Lin confronted the assailant with a wok in the process of disarming and subduing the man.
“He was screaming 'open the till'. The girl (at the till) was scared and ran away,” Simon told the The Democrat. “I came out from the kitchen and I had a wok with me.
“He fell to the ground and then ran away. I chased him with my wok. He didn't get anything. I got him on the street and just waited for the Gardaí.
“It had nothing to do with bravery. I couldn't think at that time.
“I was just protecting my wife and my kids who were helping me. The girls were scared.”
Gardaí who then arrived at the scene were treated to a Chinese takeaway - of the criminal kind.
The Democrat understands that man is known to Gardaí. A file is being prepared for the DPP.
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