'I'd rather have been threatened with a gun than a needle' - shop worker's ordeal after robber held up store

Bournemouth Echo: The Mini Golden Supermarket on Stanfield Road The Mini Golden Supermarket on Stanfield Road

A SHOP assistant says he would have rather have been threatened with a knife or a gun than the needle that left him facing hospital tests following a horrifying robbery.

Mehmet Yalcin, 29, was working at the Mini Golden Supermarket in Stanfield Road, Winton, when he was attacked by the raider, who made off with just £20 and some spare change.

The robber was holding an uncapped needle and made threats before lunging at the till and grabbing money.

Mehmet told the Daily Echo last night that he felt something graze him before chasing the robber down the road.

Having given up the pursuit as he didn’t want to leave the shop unattended, he found the needle on the floor when he returned and realised that was what had scratched him.

He added: “I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.”

The robber was seen crossing Withermoor Road and continuing on to Stanfield Road.

Police revealed details of the incident yesterday and DC Danielle Knight, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This incident left the victim with an injury that required hospital treatment. I urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident take place or has any information to contact Dorset Police as soon as possible.”

The offender has been described as white, approximately five feet seven inches tall, of slim build and with blue eyes.

He was wearing a black jacket with the hood up and a grey hood underneath, dark trousers and black woollen gloves. He was also wearing a checked scarf covering his face from the bottom of his nose to his chin.

No arrests have been made in relation to the incident, which took place on Thursday, February 13 at 5.30pm.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police on 101, quoting incident number 13:327.

Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111.

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10:11am Fri 21 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

Hi Mehmet
so you don't like **** then.
Hi Mehmet so you don't like **** then. nickynoodah
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10:36am Fri 21 Feb 14

High Treason says...

“I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.”

Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead.
“I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.” Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead. High Treason
  • Score: -10

10:52am Fri 21 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

High Treason wrote:
“I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.”

Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead.
even if the needle was infected the chances of actually catching HIV from a single **** is only 0.32% (pun intended)
[quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: “I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.” Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead.[/p][/quote]even if the needle was infected the chances of actually catching HIV from a single **** is only 0.32% (pun intended) BoscVegas
  • Score: -7

10:53am Fri 21 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

BoscVegas wrote:
High Treason wrote:
“I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.”

Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead.
even if the needle was infected the chances of actually catching HIV from a single **** is only 0.32% (pun intended)
**** = P rick.
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: “I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.” Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead.[/p][/quote]even if the needle was infected the chances of actually catching HIV from a single **** is only 0.32% (pun intended)[/p][/quote]**** = P rick. BoscVegas
  • Score: -5

2:20pm Fri 21 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

You get a lot nastier infection from the exit wound of a shot gun blast than a needle
You get a lot nastier infection from the exit wound of a shot gun blast than a needle kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Fri 21 Feb 14

LordLilliput says...

Probably find that statement was coaxed along by our headline seeking Echo reporter.. Seriously, how can that be worse than being shot in the head or stabbed in the stomach? Kind of diminished the seriousness the crime when people are reported saying silly things like this.
Probably find that statement was coaxed along by our headline seeking Echo reporter.. Seriously, how can that be worse than being shot in the head or stabbed in the stomach? Kind of diminished the seriousness the crime when people are reported saying silly things like this. LordLilliput
  • Score: -1

6:33pm Fri 21 Feb 14

stevobath says...

BoscVegas wrote:
High Treason wrote:
“I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.”

Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead.
even if the needle was infected the chances of actually catching HIV from a single **** is only 0.32% (pun intended)
It's ridiculous.

As you said, chances of catching anything are very low.

Gunshot to the head? Normally fatal.
Also, if it's a used needle, then surely a DNA test could be carried out & thus maybe find the culprit?

All for £20...
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Treason[/bold] wrote: “I would prefer that he had a gun or a knife rather than a needle. Needles scare me, you don’t know what’s in them and it could have been dangerous.” Having a laugh isn't he. IF the needle was contaminated, IF it had created an open wound. Ah well, at least he was not shot dead.[/p][/quote]even if the needle was infected the chances of actually catching HIV from a single **** is only 0.32% (pun intended)[/p][/quote]It's ridiculous. As you said, chances of catching anything are very low. Gunshot to the head? Normally fatal. Also, if it's a used needle, then surely a DNA test could be carried out & thus maybe find the culprit? All for £20... stevobath
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6:22am Sat 22 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

I expect he means if faced with a gun, you know where you stand, but with a needle, it can be hidden and you won't know the risk until it sticks into your skin.

Having been threatened with physical attack from a druggie in a similar situation I can tell you, waiting for the results of blood tests is a nightmare and you don't get the full clearance for almost 6 months, as they have to do blood tests several times over the course of a three to six month period.

It is not just HIV that can be transmitted from a used needle. Hepatitis is more likely to be transmitted, along with other potentially life threatening diseases, so please don't mock this man's concern for his health!

I sincerely hope this man gets the all clear as I did myself - but the worry in the meantime will def keep him awake at night ,,,,, and I hope they catch the COWARD who did this, for that is what he is!
I expect he means if faced with a gun, you know where you stand, but with a needle, it can be hidden and you won't know the risk until it sticks into your skin. Having been threatened with physical attack from a druggie in a similar situation I can tell you, waiting for the results of blood tests is a nightmare and you don't get the full clearance for almost 6 months, as they have to do blood tests several times over the course of a three to six month period. It is not just HIV that can be transmitted from a used needle. Hepatitis is more likely to be transmitted, along with other potentially life threatening diseases, so please don't mock this man's concern for his health! I sincerely hope this man gets the all clear as I did myself - but the worry in the meantime will def keep him awake at night ,,,,, and I hope they catch the COWARD who did this, for that is what he is! we-shall-see
  • Score: 3

8:34am Sat 22 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

A SHOP assistant says he would have rather have been threatened with a knife or a gun than the needle that left him facing hospital tests following a horrifying robbery.


Like the foolish one last week?
No you wouldn't.
http://news.sky.com/
story/1215188/shopke
eper-tries-to-grab-r
obbers-gun-on-cctv
A SHOP assistant says he would have rather have been threatened with a knife or a gun than the needle that left him facing hospital tests following a horrifying robbery. Like the foolish one last week? No you wouldn't. http://news.sky.com/ story/1215188/shopke eper-tries-to-grab-r obbers-gun-on-cctv BIGTONE
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