New Zealand Shop Owner Thwarts Robbery Attempt By Keeping Calm

Unfazed by the gun-wielding masked robber standing in front of him, Said Ahmed continued making a large chicken souvlaki for a customer.

It was 10:38 p.m. on May 28 and Said Ahmed, owner of a kebab takeaway in New Zealand was “tired and wanted to go home” when suddenly an armed robber entered his shop.

Instead of panicking, Ahmed successfully thwarted the robbery but not by fighting the criminal.

The Christchurch resident, who is now being hailed as the “the chillest chip shop operator ever,” simply smiled and continued preparing a chicken souvlaki order for a customer, while completely ignoring the confused masked man brandishing a handgun at the cash counter.

“The man wanted to frighten me and I decided he couldn’t do that,” Ahmed told the Guardian. “I passed the customer his food because I wanted him to leave the shop and not be in any danger.”

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Ahmed emigrated to New Zealand from Egypt 20 years ago and stated he had years of experience living in a place where crime and violence was widespread.

“My heart was beating quickly,” he added. “I was scared, but I wasn’t going to show him that. That is why my nature is cool. I have been 20 years here and never seen any fighting. In Egypt it happens every day but in New Zealand I am calm because it is a safe country.”

After CCTV footage of the attempted-robbery went viral, people admired Ahmed for his courage and unbelievably calm response.




Canterbury police are currently investigating the incident.