From the Des Moines Register of May 26, 2006
Gun talk distracts robberThings that make you go, “Hmmmmm”.
Des Moines police say an attempted robbery sputtered and failed when the robber and the clerk of a convenience store became distracted by a conversation about guns.
Police said a man entered th Kum-N-Go, 3200 S.E. 14th St., early this morning and simply "hung around" for about 20 minutes. Finally he approached the clerk, Sarah Van Doren, 21, and said, "Empty your register."
Van Doren acted confused and said, "Huh?"
The robber repeated himself: "Empty your register and give me all your money. I have a gun."
Van Doren asked to see the gun, saying she wanted to know if it was bigger than the one she had a [sic] home.
Van Doren and the robber then talked about guns for a bit, police said.
Then the suspect left. No money was taken. No one was hurt. No arrests were reported.
Van Doren declined comment.