Video: Irish shop owner chases armed raiders out of store with step ladder
A shop assistant and store owner have been hailed as heroes after they fought off a pair of armed raiders with a step ladder.
Shocking footage has emerged showing the masked men burst into a Spar store in Ratoath, Co Meath, on Wednesday afternoon.
The pair are armed with an axe and what appears to be a large knife.
One of the men jumps over the counter and demands that the worker hands over cash.
However, the worker, named only as Gill, refuses to open the cash register.
Footage shows one of the men attempting to break open the till with the axe before the pair move down to the second cash register.
However, their efforts to smash the register open are thwarted when shop owner Noel Conway emerges carrying a step ladder and chases the men out of the store.
Store manager Aoife Cooke told Independent.ie that a female shop worker spotted the commotion and raised the alarm.
"She ran into the back office and said 'we are being robbed'.
"She literally pushed the owner out to save the day.
"He picked up the first thing he saw which was a stepladder."
Ms Cooke explained that Gill chased the men out of the store and followed them as they made their escape.
"Gill is mortified, he was in complete shock.
"The first question I asked was why did you not hand over the money, and he said that he couldn't open the till unless they made a purchase."
Ms Cooke explained that they have been targeted before but it is rare.
"Some staff do not have the facility to open the till, so even if they want to help the intruders they can't without a sale going through."
She continued: "The staff are very brave but something like this terrifies all the staff involved and it leaves them afraid to come into work.
"As the employee you are terrified to come into work and as the employer you have to deal with the backlash from this."
Gardai in Ashbourne are investigating the armed raid.
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