Shop owner refuses robber by saying she's busy 'drinking tea'

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Being confronted with a robber is terrifying, but one English shop owner was not fazed. In fact, she did him to wait.

Karamjit Sangha, of Kingston upon Hull in England, works at the cashier at a newsstand. One day, robber Stuart Gleeson entered her shop and held her at knife point, demanding money.

Sangha, however, was not intimidated. "I was just sitting there having my cup of tea," she told local newspaper Hull Daily Mail, "when he came in holding this seven-inch kitchen knife."

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#50. Wyoming: Laramie County

Robberies per 100K People: 18.0
Total Robberies: 17

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 163.1
Total Violent Crimes: 154

Population: 94,412

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#49. Vermont: Rutland County

Robberies per 100K People: 21.4
Total Robberies: 13

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 105.2
Total Violent Crimes: 64

Population: 60,864

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#48. Idaho: Twin Falls County

Robberies per 100K People: 27.9
Total Robberies: 22

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 242.0
Total Violent Crimes: 191

Population: 78,933

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#47. Maine: Androscoggin County

Robberies per 100K People: 37.2
Total Robberies: 40

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 136.8
Total Violent Crimes: 147

Population: 107,470

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#46. Montana: Yellowstone County

Robberies per 100K People: 42.1
Total Robberies: 64

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 342.2
Total Violent Crimes: 520

Population: 151,965

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#45. Hawaii: Maui County

Robberies per 100K People: 50.4
Total Robberies: 80

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 319.9
Total Violent Crimes: 508

Population: 158,814

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#44. North Dakota: Cass County

Robberies per 100K People: 50.6
Total Robberies: 80

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 304.4
Total Violent Crimes: 481

Population: 158,041

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#43. South Dakota: Pennington County

Robberies per 100K People: 55.5
Total Robberies: 58

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 504.9
Total Violent Crimes: 528

Population: 104,574

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#42. Utah: Salt Lake County

Robberies per 100K People: 70.4
Total Robberies: 749

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 253.7
Total Violent Crimes: 2,698

Population: 1,063,670

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#41. Rhode Island: Providence County

Robberies per 100K People: 74.8
Total Robberies: 471

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 287.3
Total Violent Crimes: 1,808

Population: 629,280

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#40. New Hampshire: Hillsborough County

Robberies per 100K People: 77.7
Total Robberies: 313

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 262.9
Total Violent Crimes: 1,059

Population: 402,776

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#39. West Virginia: Raleigh County

Robberies per 100K People: 88.8
Total Robberies: 70

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 388.2
Total Violent Crimes: 306

Population: 78,827

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#38. Arizona: Maricopa County

Robberies per 100K People: 100.6
Total Robberies: 3,973

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 354.1
Total Violent Crimes: 13,977

Population: 3,947,382

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#37. Iowa: Scott County

Robberies per 100K People: 101.4
Total Robberies: 171

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 473.0
Total Violent Crimes: 798

Population: 168,714

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#36. Delaware: New Castle County

Robberies per 100K People: 119.3
Total Robberies: 651

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 413.7
Total Violent Crimes: 2,258

Population: 545,846

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#35. Connecticut: New Haven County

Robberies per 100K People: 126.5
Total Robberies: 1,092

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 305.3
Total Violent Crimes: 2,635

Population: 863,148

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#34. Washington: King County

Robberies per 100K People: 131.5
Total Robberies: 2,641

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 344.9
Total Violent Crimes: 6,929

Population: 2,008,997

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#33. Nebraska: Douglas County

Robberies per 100K People: 139.7
Total Robberies: 742

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 492.0
Total Violent Crimes: 2,613

Population: 531,057

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#32. Oregon: Multnomah County

Robberies per 100K People: 144.3
Total Robberies: 1,093

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 477.8
Total Violent Crimes: 3,619

Population: 757,371

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#31. South Carolina: Richland County

Robberies per 100K People: 157.0
Total Robberies: 618

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 778.0
Total Violent Crimes: 3,063

Population: 393,707

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#30. Kansas: Wyandotte County

Robberies per 100K People: 161.2
Total Robberies: 257

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 705.5
Total Violent Crimes: 1,125

Population: 159,466

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#29. Alaska: Anchorage Municipality

Robberies per 100K People: 166.3
Total Robberies: 496

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 873.6
Total Violent Crimes: 2,605

Population: 298,178

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#28. Oklahoma: Oklahoma County

Robberies per 100K People: 170.8
Total Robberies: 1,269

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 731.4
Total Violent Crimes: 5,435

Population: 743,145

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#27. Colorado: Denver County

Robberies per 100K People: 172.1
Total Robberies: 1,091

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 628.5
Total Violent Crimes: 3,983

Population: 633,777

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#26. Minnesota: Hennepin County

Robberies per 100K People: 190.2
Total Robberies: 2,252

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 436.1
Total Violent Crimes: 5,164

Population: 1,184,091

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#25. New York City: All Counties

Robberies per 100K People: 198.5
Total Robberies: 16,581

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 605.2
Total Violent Crimes: 50,564

Population: 8,354,889

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#24. Alabama: Montgomery County

Robberies per 100K People: 199.7
Total Robberies: 457

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 465.8
Total Violent Crimes: 1,066

Population: 228,850

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#23. Florida: Miami-Dade County

Robberies per 100K People: 217.5
Total Robberies: 5,658

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 644.0
Total Violent Crimes: 16,750

Population: 2,600,861

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#22. Kentucky: Jefferson County

Robberies per 100K People: 218.0
Total Robberies: 1,638

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 552.5
Total Violent Crimes: 4,152

Population: 751,485

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#21. New Mexico: Bernalillo County

Robberies per 100K People: 219.4
Total Robberies: 1,473

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 826.1
Total Violent Crimes: 5,547

Population: 671,429

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#20. Illinois: Cook County

Robberies per 100K People: 221.7
Total Robberies: 11,589

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 542.4
Total Violent Crimes: 28,357

Population: 5,227,827

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#19. Arkansas: Pulaski County

Robberies per 100K People: 231.3
Total Robberies: 899

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,008.9
Total Violent Crimes: 3,922

Population: 388,752

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#18. North Carolina: Durham County

Robberies per 100K People: 235.1
Total Robberies: 664

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 666.0
Total Violent Crimes: 1,881

Population: 282,422

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#17. Michigan: Wayne County

Robberies per 100K People: 240.8
Total Robberies: 4,310

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 945.4
Total Violent Crimes: 16,924

Population: 1,790,078

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#16. Massachusetts: Suffolk County

Robberies per 100K People: 256.0
Total Robberies: 1,915

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 740.4
Total Violent Crimes: 5,538

Population: 747,928

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#15. Ohio: Cuyahoga County

Robberies per 100K People: 263.5
Total Robberies: 3,340

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 468.4
Total Violent Crimes: 5,937

Population: 1,267,513

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#14. Virginia: Richmond City

Robberies per 100K People: 269.6
Total Robberies: 569

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 594.1
Total Violent Crimes: 1,254

Population: 211,063

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#13. Nevada: Clark County

Robberies per 100K People: 275.0
Total Robberies: 5,510

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 756.1
Total Violent Crimes: 15,150

Population: 2,003,613

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#12. Mississippi: Hinds County

Robberies per 100K People: 327.2
Total Robberies: 806

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 665.7
Total Violent Crimes: 1,640

Population: 246,364

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#11. Texas: Harris County

Robberies per 100K People: 328.3
Total Robberies: 14,019

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 750.6
Total Violent Crimes: 32,046

Population: 4,269,608

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#10. Tennessee: Shelby County

Robberies per 100K People: 365.5
Total Robberies: 3,422

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,314.2
Total Violent Crimes: 12,303

Population: 936,130

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#9. Georgia: Fulton County

Robberies per 100K People: 365.8
Total Robberies: 3,538

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 832.9
Total Violent Crimes: 8,055

Population: 967,100

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#8. California: San Francisco County

Robberies per 100K People: 388.9
Total Robberies: 3,224

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 815.5
Total Violent Crimes: 6,761

Population: 829,072

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#7. New Jersey: Essex County

Robberies per 100K People: 392.0
Total Robberies: 3,095

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 642.1
Total Violent Crimes: 5,070

Population: 789,616

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#6. Louisiana: Orleans Parish

Robberies per 100K People: 398.9
Total Robberies: 1,470

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,023.1
Total Violent Crimes: 3,770

Population: 368,471

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#5. Wisconsin: Milwaukee County

Robberies per 100K People: 404.2
Total Robberies: 3,854

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 997.1
Total Violent Crimes: 9,506

Population: 953,401

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#4. Indiana: Marion County

Robberies per 100K People: 418.8
Total Robberies: 3,850

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,178.2
Total Violent Crimes: 10,832

Population: 919,336

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#3. Pennsylvania: Philadelphia County

Robberies per 100K People: 450.6
Total Robberies: 6,970

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,029.5
Total Violent Crimes: 15,925

Population: 1,546,920

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#2. Missouri: St. Louis City

Robberies per 100K People: 490.1
Total Robberies: 1,562

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,677.9
Total Violent Crimes: 5,348

Population: 318,727

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#1. Maryland: Baltimore City

Robberies per 100K People: 590.9
Total Robberies: 3,677

Violent Crimes per 100K People: 1,341.2
Total Violent Crimes: 8,346

Population: 622,271

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Gleeson asked for all the money in the register. Sangha merely put down her cup of tea and waved a craft knife she was using to open boxes. Gleeson then scurried away.

The robber was caught on CCTV surveillance, and was sentences to four-and-a-half years in prison for attempted robbery and knife possession. Sangha was satisfied with the sentence, and said that the incident has not made her afraid to go to work.

"It haven't [sic] put me off my job and it hasn't had any lasting effect on me," she said. "You just have to get on with it."

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