An elderly woman who managed to foil a 35-year-old man’s attempt to rob a jewelry store in Taizhou, Zhejiang province said that she owed her strength to nights spent square dancing, a common activity among older women and retirees who want to socialize, keep fit, and annoy neighbors.
The robber, surnamed Zhou, walked into the jewelry store around 7:00 p.m. on Thursday and took out a knife, Global Times reports.
The shop owner’s mother, surnamed Li, said she sensed that something was wrong as she was chatting outside of the shop, and ran inside to see the robbery in progress.
“He was very thin and seemed to be nervous. His hand kept trembling,” said Li, who was then confident enough to grab the robber’s arm from behind.
Another salesmen quickly shocked the robber with a taser before police came to detain him.
“Does she practice kung fu or something? How is she so strong?” Zhou had reportedly said to police in disbelief.
The store’s owner said that his mother’s nightly square dancing is what has helped keep her fit.
“I pity the person that has a run-in with my mother,” he said.
Don’t mess with China’s square dancing grannies.