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September 27, 2008 - 3:28 am

How many times have you heard that the best thing to do when being robbed is to be passive and not do anything? “Just give them what they want,” we are told. Sometimes, a href=”http://www.wnbc.com/news/17564120/detail.html”a different approach/a is called for (via a href=”http://www.drudgereport.com/”Drudge/a): br /br /blockquotePolice said a bank teller in suburban New York had a simple question for a would-be robber: Are you serious?br /br /Police said that was enough to spook the female suspect, who fled the Roslyn Savings Bank in Centereach late Thursday afternoon without a dime.br /br /Police said she walked into the bank located inside a supermarket on Route 25 about 4:49 p.m. and handed the teller a note demanding cash and threatening to open fire with a gun if the teller didn’t comply.br /br /That’s when the teller apparently expressed her crime-fighting skepticism. Police said the woman left without ever showing a gun./blockquotebr /br /Perhaps this worked because the would-be robber was female, maybe because she was surprised at the question as it didn’t fit into her script of how a robbery should go, or perhaps the teller’s display of a lack of fear made her flee. Whatever it was, when it comes to handling a crime situation, there is often no one size fits all solution.

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