Chris B. Truax, employee at a Portland, OR car wash, foiled a robbery with a water hose. Television station KCBY reports Traux’s recollection, “When he first said ‘give me your money,’ I though he was joking. I didn’t think he was serious.” The robber pointed a handgun at Traux who determined it was a fake when the gun broke while the robber shoved it in his pants. When the robber grabbed for the cash, Traux grabbed for the power washer. The AP reports:
“It was like a quick draw,” Truax told The Oregonian newspaper.
Pulling the power washer from a pail and aiming it like a rifle, he directed a stream of soapy, lukewarm water at the robber with a force of 2,000 pounds per square inch. The man fled without the money.
“It had to hurt. I promise you that,” said Jason Marsh, Truax’s assistant manager. “It was brilliant.”
Traux’s employer rewarded him with two days off with pay. The unfortunate thing for Traux was that the police picked him up on a 7 year old warrant for a parole violation on a DUI charge. He was released after a short time. The AP reported his response, “It’s about time I took care of it,” he said, shrugging.