Now, maybe I'm not cut out for this criminal business, but if I was going to run the risk of prison or being shot by police for attempting an armed robbery, I'd probably set my sights a bit higher than one of Manchester's One Stop newsagents. And I certainly wouldn't risk it for a £1 beer discount.
But that's the motive behind this bizarre hold-up. Greater Manchester Police has released CCTV footage of a man casually entering one of the stores, picking up two bottles of beer, and requesting the shop assistant knocks a quid off the asking price. When she refuses, he reaches into his trousers, briefly brandishing and cocking a pistol.
The shop assistant bravely informs him that the police are on the way, after which the criminal responds "I don't want that", leaves behind one of the beers, pays for the other and then puts the change in a charity box. I'm left not sure whether to applaud his sudden discovery of morals, or point and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.
Either way, he's quite rightly being considered a menace by local authorities, and anyone who may have information should call the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. The man is described as being 5ft 5-inches to 5ft 8-inches tall, around 20 to 25 years of age, with a shaved head and fat face. The incident occurred at the One Stop on Stretford, Trafford, at about 9.40am on January 4th 2014.