Slipper Foils Armed Robbery

In New York, an Indian proprietor of a gas station foiled an attempted armed robbery by throwing his slipper at the gun man and shoeing him out of the store. Sorry for my bad pun. According to the news report, this happened in Salt Point, NY.  Singh refused to fill the bag and retaliated. I commend him for fighting back with what he had. Although acquiring a CCW for a business is not impossible in NY state. The gunman looks to be wielding a shotgun but I cannot make out what kind it is. Singh got very lucky that the gunman was a coward and did not use the shotgun.


When thinking of a slipper for self defense I am reminded of this image.


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  • Giolli Joker

    “Singh got very lucky that the gunman was a coward and did not use the shotgun.”
    Please rephrase… the gunman would have been a far worse coward had he shot the unarmed shopkeeper.
    Maybe the scumbag was simply not a killer and just wanted easy money.

    • Nicholas Chen

      Depends on your perspective. Some violent criminals are not afraid of the consequences. This gunman was. And that fear is what kept Singh alive.

      • Giolli Joker

        Yes, I get your point, it’s that I see “coward” as a negative connotation opposite to “brave”… as you surely wouldn’t define “brave” a criminal killing an unarmed person no matter the consequences (maybe fearless, most likely stupid), I wouldn’t define “coward” the one that doesn’t (maybe less stupid and evil).

        • Edeco

          Just me, but I don’t put much emotion or moral weight into the brave/coward thing. People get fixated on it and the words become equivalent to “good guy” and “bad guy”. Becomes then redundant to use them.

  • HL King

    Heh! It isn’t a pun if you use the wrong spelling. “Shoeing” is what’s done to a horse. “Shooing” is driving something away.

    • Nicholas Chen

      I purposely used the “shoeing” spelling. Since the article is about a slipper. I meant for it to be the “shooing” type. But you know I meant that.

      • Phil Ward

        Over our side of the pond, a good shoeing, is slang for a beat down, so it seems fair to me 🙂

        • Nicholas Chen

          LOL good to know!

    • Rock or Something

      The criminal may not have been a horse, but he was certainly an ass.

  • Bear The Grizzly

    This was probably another fake publicity stunt set up by Chuck to prove once and for all guns are unnecessary for self defense.

  • Tom Stelene

    Notice lately that no matter what heinous acts scumbags commit with firearms they are called ‘gun men’ in the media? They aren’t called robbers, murderers, terrorists, mass killers, etc. They are all…’gun men’! I guess then the 9/11 hijackers were ‘box-cutter men’! The perp is a robber, not a ‘gun man’. Let’s be aware to not fall into using the terms anti-gunners are pushing! They are trying to make people associate heinous acts with guns, so don’t fall for their mind tricks! Afterall, they aren’t Obi Won Kenobi, they are slimy shysters!

    • Simcha M.

      Now, now, Tom. This is “The Firearms Blog; Guns, Not Politics”.

      (I’m being sarcastic, I agree with you fully)

  • Jwedel1231

    Never apologize for making a pun.

  • TheNotoriousIUD


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  • Don’t Sikhs, by religious requirement, have to carry a large dagger at all times?
    Seemed like Singh well could have used more than a slipper.

    • Eric S

      The ones I’ve seen are simply made to fulfill the religious requirement but not very knife like. They were flimsy & dull.

  • Fruitbat44

    Well done Mr Singh! Having the means to fight back is very, very, very, very, very important. Having the will to fight back is vital.

  • BrandonAKsALot

    … And later he was arrested for assaulting a poor down trodden man with a shoe. Attacking a down on his luck criminal and giving him PTS, NY state dispensed true justice and sentenced him to 500,000 hours of sensitivity training in a Bloomberg© Teach People to Be Gooder and More Toleranter® Happiness facility.

  • Anomanom

    LOL, wasn’t someone just recently saying that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a shoe”?

  • Friend of Tibet

    Don’t bring a long rifle to a slipper CQB combat……

  • mosinman

    Not gonna lie his slipper technique was pretty Sikh