A robber had boiling water thrown over him during a raid at a sandwich shop on Rotherham.
The man, who was armed with a knife, demanded cash from staff working at Sandwich Express in Swallownest, but escaped empty handed when he had boiling water from a kettle thrown over him by workers who refused to hand over their takings.
They also struck him with bread trays before he fled.
A police hunt for the robber is now underway.
Posting on Facebook, shop owner, Mandy Wasteney, thanked her staff for their 'quick thinking actions during the ordeal'.
"We stand undefeated to scum bags who are trying to infect our village, and carry on business as usual," she added.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "Detectives are investigating following a reported attempted robbery at a shop in the Swallownest area of Rotherham.
"At about 1.50pm on Friday, a man, described as having his face covered, is said to have walked into a sandwich shop in Worksop Road and made demands for cash.
"The man is described as wearing jogging bottoms and a hooded jumper and was reportedly carrying a knife. No one was injured during the incident.
"He left the shop empty handed, heading towards Manvers Road."
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 590 of June 2, 2017.