by Annette Dashofy
Last week, a 76 year old woman became my hero. Virginia Hart told reporters she was having a bad day when a young woman entered her store in scenic Lone Pine, pulled a gun, and demanded money. Not willing to give up her hard-earned cash, Virginia pushed the gun aside and picked up a stool. The girl told her she wasn’t kidding and Virginia replied that neither was she.
The girl left empty-handed.
Lee has taken me to task in the past for defending an old high school chum for taking the law into his own hands and shooting an attacker who had beaten him with a ball bat. In this case, an elderly woman with a stool was defending her property against an armed robber. So I think I’m safe when I proclaim Virginia as my kind of lady.
I’m not saying that anyone should refuse to give up mere money when faced with a gun-wielding thief. I’ve worked retail. No way would I have risked my life for what was in a cash drawer.
But I don’t think that was what was on Virginia Hart’s mind. She was mad that day. She didn’t feel well. She’d owned that store for 20 years and worked hard for what she had. The would-be robber had not worked hard for that money. She just wanted to take it. The girl was lazy. It was the principle of the thing.
I have to admit it…I’ve had days like that. Don’t mess with a woman when she’s crabby. My husband will tell you. It can get ugly.
What I especially like is the message Virginia sent to the young thugs of the world. Stop bullying old people. Stop assuming that just because someone is older and female, that you can walk all over them. Get a job!
And don’t bother trying to rob the market in Lone Pine. You’ll get beaten with a stool.
Virginia commented that it wasn’t anything exceptional. I beg to differ. In today’s world when the strong expect the weak to just roll over and give up, when they prey on the elderly because they’re easy marks, Virginia Hart has shown that good can triumph over evil.
And that some days, old and cranky trumps young and stupid.
Virginia Hart, you are my hero.