Robber oiled at drive-thru

The use of boiling oil to fend of attackers was a popular defence for the castles of old, but it has since fallen out of favour.

SURREY, B.C. — The use of boiling oil to fend of attackers was a popular defence for the castles of old, but it has since fallen out of favour.

But it was hot oil that employees of a fast-food restaurant in Surrey, B.C., used to thwart a man who walked up to their drive-thru Wednesday night brandishing a knife and demanding money.

Police say as the suspect was reaching in through the window to grab money from the cash drawer, a restaurant worker tossed a litre of boiling oil at the man.

The man fled with some of the money but other bills were left on the ground.

The RCMP say they are looking for a man in his 20s with a slender build who may be suffering from burns to his face and neck.