Mar 28, 2008

Age and guile vs youth and stupidity 

A boy in his mid-teens learned Wednesday afternoon that it is not a good idea to try to rob a former U.S. Marine at knifepoint, even if the former Marine is 84 years old, police said today.

Santa Rosa police Sgt. Steve Bair said that's what happened around 2 p.m. in the 1600 block of Fourth Street. The elderly man was walking with a grocery bag in each arm when the boy approached him with a large knife, Bair said.

The boy said, "Old man, give me your wallet or I'll cut you," Bair said. The man told the boy he was a former Marine who fought in three wars and had been threatened with knives and bayonets, Bair said.

The man then put his bags on the ground and told the boy that if he stepped closer he would be sorry. When the boy stepped closer, the man kicked him in the groin, knocking him to the sidewalk, Bair said. The ex-Marine picked up his grocery bags and walked home, leaving the boy doubled over, Bair said.
The Eric Cartman/Mike the Marine school of combat - never underestimate it.

UPDATE: Even when the press tells a good story, they still screw it up. The gent was a Screamin' Eagle Paratroop, not a Marine. Whatever. Either way, he got some... Like Allahpundit said over at Hot Air, "There’s something about an 81-year-old veteran and the phrase “And then I kicked him in the teeth” that’s simply magical."

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