One of the reasons why you don’t wanna stick up a restaurant is you never know who’s gonna be eating there when you do it. The further south you go, the better chance there is that some hungry fat dude with a concealed weapon will blow you the fuck away. That’s not the only threat: MMA fighters are apparently so numerous nowadays that there’s always a chance one might be in the restaurant like Benji Radach was one fateful day. In that instance, Benji took the gun wielding criminal out and smashed his face in good.
But it doesn’t always end like that. Here’s what happened the time Yoshihiro Akiyama (called Chu Sung-hoon in Korea) was in America and was confronted with a good old fashioned restaurant register robbery:
While training in the U.S. last month, Chu was eating at a restaurant with no other customers. Two men approached the cashier at the counter and said something upon entering.
Choo initially thought they were customers, but sensed trouble after seeing the cashier grow afraid. Soon after, the fighter realized the two men were trying to rob the restaurant.
From then on, Chu said so many thoughts entered his mind. He tried to remember the faces and attire of the robbers as much as he could, and then thought about what to do if threatened.
Despite the nerve-wracking moment, he decided and concentrated on two options. If the robbers had guns, he thought, he would beg for his life despite being a professional fighter. If they had knives, however, he would fight and try to knock them down.
He then readied himself to fight in his seat, only to have the situation come to an unexpected end. The robbers just left the restaurant without incident.
“I thought that they left the restaurant out of fear after seeing my face, but I was mistaken,” he said shyly. “The cashier told me that when he flatly denied having any money on him, the robbers just left.”
While Benji Radach’s story wins on an entertainment level and is much more badass, it also could have ended with several people lying in pools of blood. Barring a few inches of bullet proof glass between me and the robbers, I’d rather be in the restaurant with the MMA fighter who chills the fuck out and doesn’t do shit. A day’s worth of hamburgers, pancake, and coffee money isn’t worth risking anyone’s life over.