Walking around Tirana one beautiful afternoon, minding my own business and not suspecting anything evil, I spotted these armed men in front of a bank.
Quite obviously, a bank robbery was in progress. In broad daylight. On the main boulevard of Tirana. Millions of Albanians who had invested their savings in solid pyramid schemes were about to lose everything. And no superhero was around to stop the robbery.
Always quick to analyze any situation and keeping a cool head despite the danger, I realized that I had three options:
- I could call the police. Except that I didn’t know their number.
- I could stop the bank robbery myself. Except that I hadn’t eaten anything yet that day and therefore didn’t have much energy.
- I could film it to provide you with a good story.
So I ducked behind a car, still staying as close to the action as I could, and filmed the ensuing shootout:
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UPDATE: Two weeks later I read in the newspaper that $ 7 million were stolen in the heist. Now I wish I would have attempted to prevent the crime. The reward money probably would have been enough to live in Albania for a whole year.