A DRUNKEN yob got more than he bargained for when he tried to rob a town centre shop ... and was told to beat it by the brave shopkeeper.
The would-be thief walked into the RS McColl store, in County Square, Paisley, and bought a newspaper.
After hanging about for a few minutes, he then told the shopkeeper – a woman in her 60s – that he was going to rob the store.
The hooded ned also claimed he had a hammer in his pocket.
However, the plucky woman told him to get lost ... and he promptly left the store empty-handed.
The incident happened at around 9.40am on Saturday, when a number of shoppers were in the area.
Police have appealed for witnesses to the incident and are studying CCTV footage in the hope it will lead them to their suspect.
The crook is described as being aged between 40 and 50, slim, around 5ft in height and having discoloured teeth.
He was wearing a dark hooded jacket and dark tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone who has information about the incident is asked to ring Paisley Police Office on 0141 532 5900, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.