A pint-sized Glasgow great-granny used an iron bar to see off a raider at the bookies she works in and told him: “P*** off, you’re no’ getting anything.”
Brave Mary Buchan stood up to Michael McLean, a six-foot tall thug who raided two bookies in the space of two hours.
On Tuesday he was jailed for five years at the High Court of Glasgow.
The actions of bold Mary, 66, prevented McLean from taking anything from William King and Sons bookmaker in the Battlefield area of the city.
Mary, who has two great-grandchildren and six grandchildren and is just 5ft tall, said: “I was in the shop myself, it was night time and I had my back to the counter.
“I turned round, he was in front of me and he had a big wooden stick in his hand.
“He said I am in here to get your money so I never answered him.
“He said I am not joking I am going f****** rob you.
“My reaction was ‘p*** off ’cause I am no’ giving you anything’.”
McLean, from Toryglen, Glasgow, also admitted robbing a branch of Ladbrokes Bookmakers in Glasgow’s Saltmarket by brandishing a shovel at an employee and taking £405.
But he didn’t bargain on coming face to face with Mary, who is from Castlemilk.
She added: “He threatened me with the stick and I had the iron bar at my feet, and I lifted it and I said try it.
“He tried to get his hands into the till and at that point I phoned the police.
“They were that quick and they got him about five shops along.
“I think it is all my years of experience in betting shops. I have been in betting shops since 1968.”
And the courageous granny said she wasn’t even scared until after it was all over.
She said: “I wasn’t scared at the time, it was after when I thought about it.
“The sentence will keep him off the streets for a few years, won’t it?”
Cops investigating the attempted robber were impressed with her bravery. Mary said police said afterwards: “She’s fine, he is traumatised!”
She added: “My family think it is hysterical because they know me so well. They said who in their right mind would try to get money off you?”
Advocate depute Bernard Ablett, prosecuting, said: “About 6.20pm the accused then re-entered the bookmakers, this time with his hood up, and in possession of a shove which he brandished and shouted “Gies the money”.
“The member of staff was fearful for his safety and handed the accused £405.”
McLean fled with the cash and two hours later targeted the bookies in Battlefield Road.
The court heard McLean was identified from CCTV footage in the bookies.