Gigi's, A Denver cupcake shop, was held up Monday morning by a syringe-wielding robber. The robber claimed his syringe was full of AIDS-infected blood and would infect the cashier if she didn't comply, reports the AP.
Despite having a potentially-lethal syringe next to her body, the cashier was calm-headed enough to say she didn't know how to open the register -- an excuse to go alert other employees in the back.
Owner Carrie Bach told Westword the syringe was "actually more frightening" than a gun. Bach also noted the deeper issue is homelessness and drug addiction -- her experience was a symptom of both.
"We have never had a robbery case where someone was threatened with bodily fluids," Denver Police Spokesman Sonny Jackson told 7News. "To use bodily fluids in this manner, I have not seen that."
We wish we could say this was the first time a hyperbolic AIDS threat has been a means of coercion, but it isn't: In June, an elderly woman robbed a Colorado bank after passing a note threatening to infect the teller with AIDS.