Thanks to our ever-useful teeth, we don't really feel the need for tape dispensers. They exist in that vortex of unnecessary stationary items, along with the admittedly fun label maker.
But, after watching this educational video, we're happy to admit that when it comes to fending off pesky robbers, a tape dispenser can be a useful little friend.
Check out 18-year-old Christopher Baird's foiled attempt to rob a plucky, well-equipped till worker below. It turns out tape dispenser actually beats knife. Who knew?
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