Bottle Shop Staff Use Pallet Of Beer To Trap Would-Be Thieves In Cold Room
Staff at a bottle shop in Perth have been commended for their quick thinking after a bunch of would-be thieves came into the store.
Three men were seen coming into the Thirsty Camel store on Friday night and the staff thought they looked a bit suspicious.
Staff member James told Sunrise: "As soon as they came in I knew they were a bunch of weasels. When they walked into the cool room, we sprung into action."
The wannabe robbers made a beeline for the cool room and once inside, staff used a pallet of beer to block them from getting out.
Anyone who's been inside a bottlo cool room will know that it's bloody freezing and you wouldn't want to spend much time in there.
According to staffer James, the men quickly knew there was no way out and started banging against the door until it broke off its hinges.
The men were seen throwing whatever they could at the staff members and took off with nothing.
James says it's the third time in five weeks that people have tried to steal something from the shop, so they got inventive with their crackdown on the behaviour. Thieves have nicked up to $1,000 worth of products from their store over the time period and they're fed up with it.
Thirsty Camel general manager Niall Burke told 7News: "Staff are all high fiving each other and saying well done...they didn't get away with anything...they ran out of here scared.
"It's normally when they leave the staff are left scared."
Niall said that around 10 to 20 cases of beer were broken during this latest robbery attempt and the store will just have to take the loss on the chin.
But they're not the only ones coming up with an ingenuous way to catch would-be thieves.
Joshua Garnes was fed up of having his things stolen, so came up with a 'fun' new idea to change things.
Having popped a box on the porch of one of the properties he was fixing up as bait, Garnes managed to catch more than 20 people on camera.
They basically see the box and get lured in, only to find that when they go to grab it, a startling loud bang goes off.
That's because inside the box isn't anything of interest to your average thief. Instead, there's a trip wire that fires off a bang as soon as you pick it up, making a noise so loud it'll make their ears ring.
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