I consider myself, unabashedly, a big Star Trek fan. Being a big fan means a lot of things. It means that I can quickly engage another Star Trek fan in a myriad of conversation about alien races and science fiction scenarios and debates about “which captain was the greatest”.
It also means that I can recognize a Klingon Bat’leth, a traditional weapon of the Klingon race:
What being a fan doesn’t mean, however, is that I take said Bat’leth and use it to rob a store:
COLORADO SPRINGS — A surveillance picture released by police Wednesday afternoon shows a man armed with what appears to be a small Klingon sword, holding up a 7-Eleven convenience store.
That same man robbed another 7-Eleven store store a half-hour later, and remains at large, Colorado Springs police Lt. David Whitlock said.
The first robbery was reported at 1:50 a.m., at 145 N Spruce St. The clerk told police a white man in his 20s, wearing a black mask, black jacket, and blue jeans, entered the store with a weapon the clerk recognized from the Star Trek TV series.
The robber demanded money and left with an undisclosed amount.
A half hour later, police received a call from a 7-Eleven at 2407 N. Union Blvd., where a man matching the previous description entered the store with a similar weapon. He also demanded money from the store clerk. The clerk refused and the robber “transported” himself out of the store on foot.
Both clerks described the weapon as a Star Trek Klingon-type sword, called a “bat’leth.”
Neither clerk was injured in the robberies.
It especially means that I wouldn’t try to rob a store with a Bat’leth that is too small for even a child Klingon warrior to use:
Now, this is a bat’leth that you might be able to rob a store with: