96-Year-Old Store Owner Scares Off Robber

Store owner Margaretta Wolf offered Tootsie Rolls in lieu of cash

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Matt Pilz buys candy from Margaretta Wolf, 96, at Wolf's Groceries in Marshfield, Wis. on July 16, 2013,

When a masked robber showed up at Wolf’s Groceries in Marshfield, Wis. on Monday, he probably didn’t expect a fight from its 96-year-old owner, Margaretta Wolf. The elderly store owner—who has run the grocery for 54 years—stood her ground and refused to capitulate to the robber’s demands, despite the fact that he was holding a three-inch knife.

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“I said: ‘I’m not opening up that cash register and that’s it, I’m not opening it. I said you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want but I am not opening that cash register,’” Wolf told the Associated Press.

The would-be robber continued to order Wolf around, telling her to walk to the back of the store. Wolf refused. “I’ll press a button and I’ll have somebody here in seconds,” she recalls telling the crook.

The masked man finally noticed the security camera overhead and fled the store.

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7 comments
TomGordon
TomGordon

What a tough lady!  Good for her.  Also hope they catch this guy soon.  Real brave of him pulling a knife on a 96 year old and trying to scare her!.

billraa
billraa

Too bad she didn't have a gun....world would be better off with one less thief.

mot
mot like.author.displayName 1 Like

@billraa Because we all want a return to the 1800's wild west... The world is better off with one less death.

dbrunover1
dbrunover1

@mot @billraa BS, don't give me that bleeding heart crap, we would be better without another thief, blow his butt away ! 

cjh2nd
cjh2nd

@mot @billraa 

how do you know that? for all you know, this guy could be a baby-raping cannibal. i know it may pain you to say admit it, but sometimes a death can be a good thing. you know, like hitler, stalin, dahmer, etc.

young1
young1

@cjh2nd @mot @billraai'm sure the 96 year-old is a quick-draw who could've easily outmanned him over the firearm. 

kingside
kingside like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

good for her - glad she is unharmed.