Leave it to Queensland to deliver to us the most Australian crime fighting yarn of the year. The Brisbane Times reports that when a balaclava-wearing, machete-brandishing bloke attempted to rob a pub on the Gold Coast, one of the punters snuck up behind him and clocked him with a bar stool.

It’s alleged that the would-be thief entered the Mermaid Beach establishment at 12:45am on Friday, waving a machete and demanding money from the bar staff.

When the 37-year-old woman working at the bar was about to hand over the contents of the till, the unnamed vigilante, a 29-year-old man, swung a well-placed bar stool directly into the thief’s head, disorienting him.

Although the offender managed to grab the cash, the barstool avenger did a bit of hand-to-hand grappling, causing the thief to drop his machete and make a run for it.

No luck for him though, as both the bar employee and the patron caught up with him, wrestled the loot off him, and watched him take off on foot with a fat lot of nothing to show for his efforts.

A description of the alleged offender has been released, saying he’s between 40 and 50 years old, Caucasian, with a big build, big nose, Australian accent and balding brown hair. Police are asking anyone who might have an info on the bloke to call Policelink on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Aside from the guy with the machete, who presumably has a fair lump on his head today, no-one was injured. Hopefully Queensland’s own barstool Batman was offered at least a round on the house, and maybe a barstool named in his honour.

Source: Brisbane Times
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