Thief who copped stool to the head in pub hold-up charged

A man’s been charged over a violent armed robbery at a Gold Coast pub that saw a patron step in with a pub stool to save the day.

The 39-year-old is accused of holding up the Mermaid Beach Tavern with a machete in the early hours of July 5.

He allegedly threatened a female staff member in the gaming room and demanded money.


As the worker went to handover money from the till, a pub patron noticed what was going on.

The 29-year-old man grabbed a pub stool and hit the alleged thief over the head.

CCTV footage shows the offender stumbling backwards and striking out with the machete.

The worker handed over a sum of cash before the man fled out the back door, minus his machete.

The patron and the staff member gave chase and wrestled with the man, getting the money back off him before the offender fled.

Police have since caught up with him, charging him with one count of armed robbery.

He’ll front Southport Magistrates Court on Friday.