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Sauerkraut toss foils robbery

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BERLIN — An elderly German man thwarted armed robbers by throwing a tin of sauerkraut at them, police said today.

The man, 71, was working in a grocery store stacking tins of chopped pickled cabbage, one of Germany's favorite foods, when he heard men threatening a female shop assistant.

"There were two of them, they were masked and one had knocked her to the floor with a pistol," said Manfred Bergener, police spokesman in Korbach, central Germany.

The employee, still holding tins of sauerkraut, approached the robbers who threatened him, too.

"So he threw a tin at the man with the gun and hit him in the head. That startled them and they ran off without taking any cash," Bergener said. The men were still at large.