File photo of Popeyes restaurant (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A job interview was in progress when a thief grabbed cash from the till at a fast food restaurant. The manager conducting the interview then blocked the door, and the applicant grabbed the thief’s arms.

Eighteen-year-old Devin Washington got the robber — and the job — at a Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken restaurant in eastern New Orleans.

Pablo Ciscart, 50, was charged with simple robbery and fugitive attachment following an attempted robbery in New Orleans on Saturday. NOLA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Pablo Ciscart, 50, was charged with simple robbery and fugitive attachment following an attempted robbery in New Orleans on Saturday. NOLA POLICE DEPARTMENT

Manager Danyanna Metoyer (muh-TWIRE) says the thief tried to get past her, but she was stronger.

She says she and assistant manager Monique Griffin already had decided to hire Washington, but hadn’t had a chance to tell him. She says they told him afterward, “You’re hired. You earned it.”

Police say 50-year-old Pablo Ciscart was arrested on a simple robbery charge. It wasn’t clear whether he has an attorney.

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