Said Ahmed, owner of the Egyptian Kebab House in Christchurch, said it was simply a “lucky” reaction to ignore the masked man, who walked into his restaurant on May 28 and demanded cash while holding what appeared to be a gun.
Ahmed, who has run his kebab shop for 15 years, continued to bag up an order and handed it to a customer before walking away to call the police, the video shows, leaving the attempted robber to exit empty handed.
Canterbury Police released CCTV footage of the incident on Facebook last week in a bid to identify the would-be robber. The 27-second clip has since drawn 255,000 views and has been shared more than 1,000 times.
Ahmed, 55, who was quickly dubbed by social media as the “chillest chip shop operator”, said he was only thinking of his family and thought walking away would avoid a more serious outcome.
“I’m not a hero but, you know, I controlled my reaction,” he told New Zealand media. “Quite lucky because that reaction come to my head in that moment.”
Kyle Bigler of Belmont, New Hampshire walked a combined 16 miles a day to two minimum wage jobs and sometimes worked 20-hour shifts. But his life has changed thanks to a viral Facebook post, which has helped rally people to provide him with a car.
“I was touched by Kyle’s work ethic and perseverance even when times were tough,” Ryan Parks, sales manager at Autoserv of Tilton ― which donated the car to Bigler said. “I feel like that’s something we don’t see as much nowadays when I compare my generation to my parents’ or my grandparents’ and it was really refreshing to see that.”
In early July, Joanna Griffiths snapped a picture of Bigler at his day job at Dunkin’ Donuts while getting her morning coffee.
“I came through the drive-thru and I took a picture of him and I said ‘I’m gonna make you famous’ and he goes ‘Yeah, right, cause of my crazy hair or something?’”
But it wasn’t his flamboyant hair that Griffiths was interested in sharing. What she wanted to post on Facebook was the story behind the kind andpersonable man that always knows her and every customer’s coffee order.
One day, after seeing Bigler at Dunkin’ Donuts working a morning shift at 7:30 a.m., Griffiths noticed him walking to a second job at a gas station later that day. She swung by on her way home from work around 10:45 p.m. and asked Bigler if he wanted a lift home. But he politely declined, saying that he still had to work three more hours. That’s when she found out the lengths Bigler goes to just to pay his bills.
“This man walks 16 miles every day between both his jobs, making minimum wage at both,” she wrote in a July 6 Facebook post. “This man shows that if you are motivated, ambitious and WILLING to work, it IS possible.”
The post soon went viral, receiving over 20,000 shares.
One of the people who saw the post was Parks, who was moved by Bigler’s strong work ethic.
“I asked Dennis Gaudet, one of the owners of AutoServ, if we could donate a car to him and he didn’t even flinch. He just said, “Let’s get him a car ASAP,’” Parks said.
Griffiths sums up the moral of the story.
“He persevered through two minimum wage jobs you know, it doesn’t matter what job you’re at as long as you try hard and do your best you can make it.”
The 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year posted the picture to SnapChat with the caption, "If I can't unsee this then you can't either."
The posted triggered an instant uproar, calling out Mathers for body shaming the woman.
Mathers, 29, reportedly took the nude woman's picture without her knowledge at an L.A. Fitness in Los Angeles.
L.A. Fitness would not comment on the matter when reached out to by our sister station in L.A., ABC7.
The Los Angeles Police Department told ABC7 on Thursday they had no record of the incident being reported.
In another SnapChat post, Mathers apologized for the picture.
"I just wanted to acknowledge a photo I accidentally posted here on SnapChat earlier today and let you know guys know that was absolutely wrong and not what I meant to do," Mathers said.
Mathers claimed she meant to send the picture to just one friend, but accidentally posted it for all her followers on SnapChat to see.
She has since deleted the picture, and set most of her social media accounts to private.......TOO LATE!!!