Clerk's impromptu price guarantee goes awry

March 27, 2009 11:16:33 AM PDT
Police in western Pennsylvania say a man snatched $60 from a gas station clerk in an aborted bet about cigarette prices. The man was caught and repaid the money under the watchful eye of a state trooper. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

State police in Greensburg say a customer went into a Hempfield Township Sunoco at about 3:20 a.m. on March 9 and complained to a clerk about cigarette prices.

The clerk took $60 from his pocket and bet the customer he couldn't find cigarettes cheaper at another store. The customer grabbed the money and fled.

But Trooper Jeanne Martin said Friday that the clerk got the man's license plate number. A trooper tracked him down and forced him to return to the gas station.

Martin says the clerk didn't want to press charges. He just wanted his $60 back.

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