Deputies were crediting a laughing employee with helping prevent a Saturday night robbery at a carryout.
According to the Ross County Sheriff's Office, a man with a gold handgun entered Acord's Carryout, located at state Route 772, at about 9:16 p.m.
Owner Susanne Acord said that not only did the color of the handgun make employees skeptical of the robbery, but also the man's behavior.
"I came out of the kitchen and said, 'What's up?' Acord said. "(I was) kind of laughing and that's when I saw the gun and he said, 'You're going to open the cash register. That's what's up.'"
Acord told 10TV's Ashleigh Barry that the man's behavior was certainly not the service she was expecting to give.
"I said, 'No, I'm not opening the register,' Acord said. "I said, 'Jenna's here. Let me get Jenna.'"
Jenna Spencer, an employee, said that she walked in the room and saw the robber, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, a bandanna, and white skeleton gloves and was carrying the gold gun.
"I think I did giggle," Spencer said. "I'll admit it. I thought he was joking."
She said that the robber kept demanding money so she knew he was serious, but said he was not so suave about it.
"Just the way he was holding the gun -- it was kind of shaking -- and I was thinking to myself, 'Oh, this guy is as afraid as I am,'" Acord said.
The man left the business without any cash, Barry reported.
"I don't know what possessed me to not give him the money but I just I wasn't going to back down," Acord said. "I was just hoping he wouldn't shoot me."
The Ross County Sheriff's Office recommends that victims always comply with criminals in similar cases because you just never know how violent the situation can get.
Investigators were looking into the possibility that the attempted robbery may be connected to others in the area.
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