Police in Glasgow have arrested 2 men following a botched attempt to rob a second hand electronics store which is taking part in a trial for use of the virtual currency Bitcoin. The trial allows customers to exchange electronic goods for Bitcoins and consequently at the time of the raid there was no money being held on the premises.
Store Manager Davie Robertson explained ‘around 3pm yesterday two men burst in wearing stockings over their heads and brandishing knives, the bigger of the two shouted ‘geez aw the money!’, I told him we didn’t have any money as we were dealing only in Bitcoins, he shouted ‘whit the f***s a Bitcoin?’. When I asked them if they had digital wallets the smaller man yelled ‘are you rippin’ the pish ya wide-o?’
At this point Mr Robertson produced a leaflet which explained the use of Bitcoins and the purpose of the trial. ‘When I explained it to them clearly they calmed down a bit, the smaller one even said that it seemed like quite a clever idea. I told them that there was a Poundland next door and they might want to try their luck there but that’s when the Armed Response Unit turned up and arrested them. It’s a shame really, apart from those two we haven’t had any customers yet’.