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Popeye’s robber chickens out when manager too slow to fork over dough

Surveillance video shows failed robbery of Popeye’s Chicken

A gunman failed to rob a Liberty City Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits Saturday because he made the manager so nervous, the employee failed to open the cash register.
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A gunman failed to rob a Liberty City Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits Saturday because he made the manager so nervous, the employee failed to open the cash register.

A manager at a Liberty City Popeye’s Chicken & Biscuits inadvertently thwarted an armed robbery — nervously fumbling to open the cash register for so long that the gunman chickened out.

On a video of the Saturday incident, a man covering his face with a napkin asked a crew member to see her manager. Once the manager came to the bulletproof security glass, the man stuck a silver revolver in the cash slot and demanded money. The manager tried to open the register for almost 20 seconds — long enough that the would-be robber ran out of patience and left without any money.

The black male robber was described as being 30 to 40 years old, heavy set, dressed in a navy blue, long-sleeved shirt, navy blue pants and a camouflage hat. The name of the manager was not released.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami Police Department Robbery Unit at 305-603-6370. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477; go online; or text 274637.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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