There are only 110 euros in the cash register, the robber gives up out of pity

Thursday January 12, 2023, a robber tried to steal the contents of the cash register of a Brussels wine merchant. But when the man realized there were only 110 euros, he decided to leave the money with the shopkeeper.

Crises sometimes have surprising consequences. In Brussels, Belgium, that of energy caused an astonishing story of robbery. Indeed, as told by the television channel TF1a robber decided to leave the money he had just stolen after noticing the low income of his victim, a wine merchant based in the Belgian capital.

On Thursday, January 12, a robber entered a wine shop through the back door and pointed his weapon at a store employee. “He took her by the shoulder, he belted her, he placed his weapon on her stomach,” says Mikaël Thil, the wine merchant, to our colleagues. The thief then enters the office and points his gun at the boss, then he demands that he give him the contents of his cash register. But when it runs, there are only 110 euros in it. The robber asks where the rest of the money is. As surprising as it may seem, the trader’s response prompts him to change his mind.

The reflection of the situation of small traders

“That’s when we explained to him that unfortunately the current situation and crises meant that we didn’t have more to give him. In fact, he retracted and he told me clearly ‘keep your money’. I almost have the impression of reading in his eyes ‘you need it much more than me'”, explained the trader again. Then, the offender leaves the scene without asking for his rest.

Strangely touching, this strangely passionate story has made Belgium headlines in recent days. And for good reason, it sadly illustrates the economic impact of the energy price crisis on small traders as well as a certain form of solidarity within Belgian society. To the point that Mikaël Thil concluded as follows: “I am almost disappointed that I could not give anything to this poor robber. The observation today is that the robbery takes place on a daily basis with the additional costs that we must absorb, with the successive crises, the lack of help…”.

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