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Woman Throws Urns to Scare Off Funeral Home Robber

(CBS/AP)
Woman Tosses Urns At Man Robbing Funeral Home
(CBS/AP)

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (CBS/AP) A Morristown funeral home owner said his daughter scared off an armed man during a robbery of the family business by throwing empty urns at his head.

Police said 32-year-old Teresa Mayes was opening Mayes Family Services on Friday morning and found a man armed with a knife waiting for her.

Her father, Buddy Mayes, told The Knoxville News Sentinel that the robber demanded money - so she responded by throwing urns from a display.

The man got away with some cash...but didn't urn...er, earn much. His daughter was not injured.

Mayes said the thief may not have realized it was a funeral home, saying "a robbery is a little unusual for us."