As the great Kenny Rogers once sang, "You gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, know when to run."
A would-be robber in Marionville, Missouri, checked a few of those boxes when he attempted to rob a liquor store and ran up against The Man You Least Want To Be Confronted With When Trying To Rob Someplace.
That man is Jon Lewis Alexander, a 30-year military veteran who served four tours in Iraq, and is also a former prison guard and professional extraditer of federal prisoners.
Oh, and he knows how to use a gun.
You can pretty much guess where this goes. In a security video, the robber comes into the store, dawdles, and then pulls a gun on Alexander, who is over the counter. Before you can say "bad idea," Alexander pushes the gunman's arm down with one hand, draws his loaded Walther PPX 9 mm handgun with the other, and introduces the weapon to the man's mouth. A short exchange of words and exit robber, stage left.
The owners of the store shared the footage with Marionville police, and Alexander has earned the community's admiration.
"One of the policemen told me later, 'You're a lucky man,'" Alexander told WUSA. "I said, 'I think [the robber] is a little luckier than I am.'"
Perhaps the best part? No shots were fired, and no one was injured in the exchange.
"[The robber] didn't even bother holstering his weapon," Alexander said.
Well, you gotta know when to run!