Oddly Enough

German thief robs arcade with cup of coffee

A waiter prepares cappuccino at a coffee shop in Istanbul October 19, 2007. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

BERLIN (Reuters) - A thief in the German town of Hamelin robbed an amusement arcade by threatening the attendant with a cup of coffee, authorities said Tuesday.

“He wasn’t going to pour coffee over her, he was going to hit her with the cup,” a spokesman for local police said.

Brandishing the steaming cup he had just ordered, the thief forced the 26-year-old to open the till and fled with cash.

Police would not say how much money he had taken from the attendant, who had been alone in the arcade. “We don’t want to encourage others to try this,” the spokesman said.

Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Steve Addison