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Thursday 17 April 2014

Man held at gunpoint while buying flowers for girlfriend on Valentine's Day

Valentine's day

One romantic Dublin man was held at gunpoint in a florists on Valentine’s Day when he was buying flowers for his girlfriend.

Karl, a sheet metal worker from Dublin, told Ryan Tubridy on 2fm this morning how a thief pointed a gun at him at a florists in Dublin.

Two men – one of whom brandished a gun – walked into the shop at 6pm on Valentine’s Day and demanded that the owner hand over the cash in the till.

 “We turned around and out of nowhere two lads came in with hoods up and scarves up covering their faces,” Karl said.

“Next minute, [they] pulled out a gun and started shouting at us. It was just surreal.”

“They all started screaming, they started shouting looking for money, pointing a gun at me and Mick, the fella who owns the place.”

The thieves started throwing flowers and flower buckets at the owner as the screamed at him to hand over the day’s takings.

“The girl behind the cashier got behind me and she was a bit scared. The others were shouting at me for money. Nothing was happening in the space of ten seconds and they started throwing flowers at the owner.”

“They threw the bucket and they hit the owner in the head and cut him open.”

“I only had the Valentine’s card in my hand and I just held that up and said ‘this is all I have’.”

Within 30 seconds, the thieves backed off and ran out of the shop and the owner chased them down the street to record their car registration.

 “Looking back on it, it was a bit funny because it was something out of Father Ted. They were throwing flowers at each other,” a good-humoured Karl said.

“Nothing really came from it. The man wasn’t giving up his earnings on Valentine’s Day.”

“They were a bit amateur.”

Meanwhile, Karl arrived home to his girlfriend who had a romantic spread of candles and rose petals in her home, to reward her “own little hero”.

 “I’m her own little hero,” he laughed.

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