Armed thieves held up a Christchurch liquor store on Thursday night, stealing two boxes of bourbon and cola.
Super Liquor Woolston manager Bhavik Passi says he had a knife pulled on him after he tried to stop a woman running off with 18-pack boxes of Cody's and Woodstock bourbon.
The woman grabbed the boxes, and ran to the car waiting outside the store.
"A lady came into the store and she got two boxes of bourbon and she ran away from the store without paying," Mr Passi told Stuff.
"I went outside and I tried to hold her window handle. There are another two guys in the car and the one in the back showed me a knife, like a kitchen knife. He showed me that and told me, 'F**k off and go away."'
He said the woman was of Māori or Pacific Island descent in her 40s or 50s, and wearing a white singlet and black pyjama top with a patch on it.
The men were described as being of Māori or Pacific Island descent in their 30s or 40s.
Police say they are making enquiries into the incident.