Sometimes you have to use what comes to hand in an emergency and it might not always be the most useful tool.
A woman in a shop in Alabama found this out recently when her shop was invaded by a criminal.
Sopheap Brownback, who owns a doughnut shop, fought off a robber with a metal batter mixer.
The business owner was completing an order when she turned to see a customer opening the cash register.
She wasted no time calling for help, instead jumping into action herself, defending her till.
Sadly despite Sopheap's efforts, the man managed to escape with some cash stolen from the register.