Souvlaki staffer ignores gun-toting robber

The staff member hands a customer his feed, ignoring the armed robber (supplied)
The staff member hands a customer his feed, ignoring the armed robber (supplied)

A Christchurch robber didn't get the reaction he probably expected when he tried to hold up a souvlaki shop.

CCTV footage caught the balaclava-wearing armed man entered the Papanui Rd restaurant late on the night of May 28. The incident was recently reported to police.

He appears to threaten a man working behind the counter, who casually goes about his work - not only making a souvlaki, but handing it to a customer, cool as a cucumber.

"I was sitting there waiting for my souvlaki, minding my own business, sitting on my phone, and all of a sudden I hear the door open and a man making a bit of a racket," says David Brydon.

Mr Brydon was the recipient of perhaps the world's most dangerously acquired souvlaki.

"I didn't pay much attention to him until the store owner hands me my souvlaki. That's when I realised this guy was trying to hold the store up."

In the video, Mr Brydon can be seen glancing briefly at the crook, who soon gives up and follows Mr Brydon out the door.

"I didn't really understand quite what was going on," says Mr Brydon. "At first I thought it was a joke. I thought it was one of his friends… it turned out to be something a bit more than that."

It's not clear from the video what, if any, words were exchanged between the trio.

Nothing was stolen, but police would like to apprehend the armed man nonetheless.

If you have information that might help identify him, contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.