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Fearless Waffle House Customer Shoots Thief During Attempted Robbery

He had a concealed-carry license.

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A gun-wielding customer at a Waffle House in Charleston, South Carolina shot and wounded an armed robber early Saturday morning. According to The Post and Courier, police received a call shortly after 5 a.m. reporting shots fired. "He saved us," says one Waffle House employee. Investigators are still working to identify the suspect who is being treated at the local hospital. The thief is in critical condition.

One officer says the incident shows how firearms can be useful "in the right hands." Perhaps he's right. Waffle House customers have used guns to take down would-be thieves before. In 2013, an off-duty security guard shot a suspect during an attempted Waffle House robbery. Then again, guns often land in the wrong hands, as in the case of the Atlanta Waffle House cook who shot and killed a customer for acting "unruly."

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