UPDATE: The "Polite Robber" has been caught! Or at least, King County Sheriff's Deputies think it's him.
Look, if you're going to rob a gas station at gunpoint, the least you can do is be nice about it.
UPDATE: Arrest info, per KCSO Spokesman John Urquhart:
The arrest took place at a residence in the Top Hat neighborhood where the man was living. The location is not far from the Shell Station at 2805 SW Roxbury that he allegedly robbed on Saturday, February 5th about 11:20 AM. He was carrying what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol during the robbery.
The video of the robbery, complete with sound, was released by the store owner has since "gone viral". The suspect was quickly identified from tips.
The man arrested is a convicted felon, including convictions for Forgery and Armed Robbery (!). He is 65 years old.
There's really no need for all this "Gimme the fuckin' money!" and "I'll shoot you in the damn face!"
You're carrying a gun, after all, so the threat of violence is implied.
By way of example: the kindly old man who robbed the Shell station at 2805 S.W. Roxbury in White Center on Saturday.
As KING-5 reports, the man walked into the station, brought a couple purchases to the counter, engaged in some small talk, then produced a pistol and asked that the cashier "do me a favor and empty that till."
The gentleman, who's still at large, seemed to feel he owed an explanation for his antisocial behavior, giving the cashier several reasons for having to rob him, including "I've got kids," "I've got rent to pay," and my kids "have to eat."
The cashier, a man named John Henry who's apparently been robbed four times in the past, tried to barter with the robber, offering him a cool $40. But the polite man was unbowed, and soon he had the full contents of the register--some $300--in his hand.
Before he left, however, the stick-up man managed to thoroughly thank the cashier, saying: "Thank you very much, I appreciate it. And I really am sorry; and if I ever get back on my feet again, sir, I'll bring it back."
Something about him says he might very well do that.