‘Superhero’ fish and chip shop manager Sue Parker did not flinch as she ordered a robber with a gun to get out of her shop at the end of a busy night.
The incredible woman, who has worked for Mick Watson’s fish and chip shops for 24 years, has spoken to the Rasen Mail about her actions at the Caistor Market Place branch on Friday night - and how she did not even consider handing over any cash.
She said: “The door was open, it had been a busy night and he walked straight in.
“At first I thought it was someone messing about.
“But he said ‘I want the money, I want the money, get me the money’ - he was as calm as calm.
“Adrenaline just kicked in, all I wanted was him out of the shop.
“It didn’t enter my head to hand over money.
“One of the girls had the sense to press a button so the little window on the till said invalid key.
“I saw that and said to him ‘when you came in with that thing it set an alarm off on my till, I can’t open it. You go outside and I’ll go an get you some money’.
“It (the gun) was covered up, I could just see a long shiny barrel and a big hole at the end.
“He didn’t push me over, he just kept eye contact but didn’t say a word.
“He backed out and I slammed the door and put my bottom against it.
“One of the girls threw the keys down and one phoned the police.
“They arrived really quickly, they came from everywhere.
“I’ve never seen so many police in my life.
“Nothing like this has ever happened in the 24 years I’ve worked for Mick.
“You don’t expect it to happen at a chippy. It still hasn’t hit me.
“You see it on TV, you see it on a film, but this sort of thing doesn’t happen in a place like Caistor.”
Sue got home at 11.45pm that evening and was back in work the next morning.
She said: “I wasn’t nervous going to work but the more you talk to people, the more they say what could have happened.
“People have come in and said how brave we all were.
“And lots of people just can’t believe it happened.
“I just hope they find him and he doesn’t do it to anyone else.”
Shop owner Mick Watson said: “She’s our superhero. It’s just amazing.”
The incident happened at about 8.05pm on Friday, December 13.
The offender is described as a white male, aged late 20s to mid 30s, 5ft 7” to 5ft 10” tall and slim to medium build.
He was clean shaven with no noticeable accent and wore a green or brown hooded top with the drawstring pulled tight so only his face was visible.
The gun, believed to be an air rifle, was partially wrapped in what may have been a wax jacket or dark coat.
If you have any information call Dt Sgt Dave Harrop or Dt Con Jim Wilson on 101 and quote incident 474 of December 13.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.