So a couple of thugs decided to rob a gaming cafe in Hawaii. This is notable for a few reasons: first, that the would-be robbers apparently decided to rob the cafe only armed with their fists; second, that the nine-or-so gamers who were in the cafe at the time of crime decided to fight back; and third, that this act of bravery got them all punched in the face several times, although they did successfully repel the criminals. Obviously, it would be nice if the nerds had managed to win without pummeling their attackers’ fists with their heads, but the real embarrassment has to be saved for the robber themselves. Jackasses. Thanks to all million or so of you who sent this in.
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