A teenage service station attendant has been praised for her quick thinking after she foiled an attempted armed robbery in Adelaide on Saturday.
When Sophie was threatened by a man who said he a gun, she had a few choice words for him.
CCTV shows the would-be bandit walking into a convenience store at Saint Peters, just before 6am on Saturday.
As the suspect approached Sophie, he asked for $500 and said he had a gun in his bag.
He said, ‘could I have $500? I’m broke’,” Sophie recounted.
“I’m not going to hurt you, I’m not going to touch you. But I have a gun in my bag,” he continued.
The 18-year-old, who had just started work for the day, quickly told the robber where to go.
“I was in shock, but I said ‘could you just got to the service station up the road?’” Sophie told 7NEWS.
“I didn’t want to make any movements in case he did have the gun.
“I then locked the doors straight after, called my boss and then called the police and they were here within minutes. “
When the suspect left, he didn’t run off. Instead he casually walked back up the street.
Patrols, set up cordons and police dogs all followed his scent, but they couldn’t track the man down.
Sophie has been praised by members of the public in Saint Peters for her quick thinking.
“For a young lass to think that quick on the fly under threat with a gun, that’s that’s good work,” said one man.
“We do feel for her, that’s a frightening experience for anyone, particularly on woman on her own,” said another.
“He’s not very bright is he? I hope they catch him.”
The man is described as 25 to 30 years old with brown hair and a goatee beard.
He was wearing a red plaid lumberjack style shirt, black fingerless gloves and was carrying a backpack.
Extracted in full from: Adelaide service station robbery FOILED by teen attendant’s brilliantly casual 11-word demand | 7NEWS