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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