Think Your Last Job Interview was Stressful? Look What This Guy Had to Do

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What’s the toughest job interview you’ve ever endured?

I bet this is worse.

When 18-year-old Devin Washington went into Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in eastern New Orleans last Saturday, he was prepared to impress his potential future employer.

But he probably wasn’t prepared for just how far he’d go to do it.

During the interview, a man walked into the restaurant and asked to “make some change,” reports. When the cashier opened the register, the man reached over “in an effort to steal the money.”

Assistant manager Dominique Griffin tried and failed to grab the man. Restaurant manager Danyanna Metoyer blocked the man from leaving, then Washington stepped in.

“The job applicant grabbed the suspect from behind in a reverse bear hug,” the New Orleans Police Department reported in a statement. “Realizing he was overmatched, [the suspect] threw the cash on the floor and surrendered to the manager and the applicant.”

With one of the cooks, Washington held the thief until police arrived and arrested him.

But … Did He Get the Job?

With such a hullabaloo, you can probably guess the managers didn’t have a chance to complete the formal interview with Washington.

Imagine the stress! You just manhandled an attempted robber, and you’re on pins and needles over whether you’ve got a new job?

Thankfully, once the commotion settled down and the suspect was arrested, he got his answer.

Crime-fighting abilities aside, the managers had already decided to give Washington the job.

They hired him immediately, saying he “righteously earned the position.”

Your Turn: What’s the most bizarre thing you’ve experienced in a job interview?

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post,, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not).

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