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The 100 Year Old Surprise

By Christopher Caile

Most people would feel lucky just to live to be a hundred years old, but few would expect to be able to take on and win over a gang of ruffians who were intent on robbery.

UK resident Buster Martin also isn’t your typical centurion. He still works as a car mechanic and washer. Leaving a pub one night this February (2007) in Camberwell, south London, he was followed by a gang of ruffians who had picked him as a target.

Pushing him against a wall, they demanded his money. Instead they got a surprise. First, he got mad. Then he started kicking (apparently getting to his feet from having fallen). He then pushed one and kicked another in the groin.

They ran; he still had all his money.

Afterwards, Buster was able to walk to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a bruised rib and a head injury. He still made it into work the next day, said his boss Pimlico Plumbers.

Buster, commenting on the attack to a UK news souce, stated that the attacker’s had been mistaken in thinking he was an easy target. “They didn’t realize what a fighter I can be.”

The lessons from this encounter are two. The first lesson is that if attacked, while you may feel scared, your attacker is usually nervous and is fearful too. That is something you can exploit. The second lesson is to never underestimate someone on the street.

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