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Police say robber fled when NC clerks fought back

HICKORY, N.C. -- A store clerk says a would-be robber ran when she and a co-worker threatened the knife-wielding man with a stun gun and hit him with pepper spray. The Hickory Daily Record reported Wednesday that 54-year-old Pok Hui Barker was working at a convenience store counter Monday night when a man came in and crouched behind a customer. Barker told the customer to move and triggered a silent alarm. The masked man then thrust a butcher knife at her and demanded money. Barker said the man ran when she aimed a stun gun at him. Another clerk chased him and doused him with pepper spray. Barker said she has been robbed three times in three years, including once last month. (Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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