Where No Klingon Has Gone Before

OK – what’s weirder? That somebody used a Bat’leth to rob a 7-11, or that somebody recognized it as a Bat’leth?

Star Trek is deep inside American culture.

clipped from www.gazette.com
It may be a galactic first — a Colorado Springs 7-Eleven convenience store robbed early today by a man wielding a Klingon Bat’leth blade.

It’s the weapon of choice for the war-like race on “Star Trek,” but fairly rare in stickups on Earth.
A convenience store clerk told police that a robber in a dark jacket and a black mask wielded the long, curved blade invented for the science fiction franchise that grew out of the 1960s television series.
Police said the weapon – which is held with both hands in the center and at least four of five feet long – seems ill suited to robbing gas stations.
“I can’t imagine it’s very easy to conceal,” Tobias said.
Police said the man got away with cash after robbing a 7-Eleven at 145 N Spruce St. at about 1:45 a.m. A second attempt about a half-hour later ended when he ran away from another 7-Eleven store at 2407 N. Union Blvd.
Police say the “uniqueness” of the weapon will likely be key to their investigation.
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