A 65-year-old man walked into a South Seattle shell station, made a purchase, then asked the cashier to do him a favor. He said, “Could you empty that till for me please … I’m robbing you sir,” as he pulled out a gun. As he apologized profusely, he also demanded the man empty the register. He apologized, saying that he needed the money for his children and to pay off his rent. After the cashier gave him $300, the man vowed to repay the money if he could. Shortly after, the police arrested the man. The gas station owner released the video of the incident.
Though impossible to condone his behavior, the robber could have gained a little sympathy, had some new facts not come to light. Turns out that he had been convicted of arm robbery once before.