Back in 1969, educator Lawrence J. Peter came up with what became known as the Peter Principle. Essentially, it says is that an individual will move up through his or her chosen career until they reach the point of their incompetence.
In Michigan, one particular individual decided to choose criminality as his vocation. He reached the Peter Principle point pretty early, unfortunately — and in a spectacularly humiliating way.
How so? Well, he decided that he was going to rob an Arby’s at gunpoint. Instead, he ended up being the one held at gunpoint. Talk about a role reversal.
According to the New York Post, the suspect entered a Sterling Heights Arby’s last Monday at about 9 a.m. Sterling Heights police Lt. Mario Bastianelli said he put a gun in the faces of the three employees and told them to give him their “morning startup money.”
“So they turned the money over to the suspect and he takes off on foot,” Bastianelli said. “Three employees then chased after him, into a nearby wooded area before calling police.”
According to Michigan Live, Marcia Rabideau, the restaurant’s director of operations, could see the armed robber getting away. So, she grabbed her Glock 9mm and got in her Dodge Charger and took chase.
Just to make things clear, this is the restaurant’s director of operations and she apparently accoutres herself as if she was one of the guys trying to track down Steve McQueen in “Bullitt.” If that doesn’t make you want to go to Sterling Heights and order an Arby’s roast beef sandwich just to support this woman, nothing will.
Thankfully, Rabideau’s driving skills were a little bit more like Lt. Bullitt’s than Johnny Ross’ henchmen; she managed to corner the armed robber at a riverbank and held him at gunpoint until the police got there.
Police, of course, don’t necessarily advise going after armed robbers in the same way Rabideau did.
“It’s strongly advised for victims not to pursue an armed robber after they were robbed at gunpoint, due to obvious safety concerns,” Lt. Bastianelli said.
“And money is just money — that can be replaced. Lives can’t. It’s brave of them to do it, but we don’t encourage it. Being a good witness is the best most people can do. That’s what we want people to do.”
Rabideau isn’t just any random citizen, though. Her husband is a police chief and she used to head Saginaw’s Arson Watch. Still, she admits she might have acted a bit rashly.
“I didn’t think, I just reacted,” Rabideau admitted. “Just being stupid, I guess.”
However, it’s worth noting that officers also caught an accomplice in a getaway car with a 1-year-old, so now the idiots involved also face child endangerment charges. Nice work.
Now, of course, it would be foolish of us to endorse this kind of behavior. After all, human life is the most important thing that there is, and police can always catch up with criminals.
However, if you are going to react like this when you get robbed, we can hope that it turns out this awesomely. Marcia Rabideau definitely deserves an employee of the month award. And if you’re a degenerate that’s decided to embark on a life of crime, one can only hope you reach your Peter Principle point as early and as embarrassingly as these alleged crooks did.
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