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A Cape Town Cash Crusaders was held hostage Wednesday afternoon, resulting in a Hollywood-esque standoff that had Twitter enraptured.
“Strand Street” was trending in Cape Town by 2.18pm as images, videos and updates flooded the platform.
— Cape Times (@CapeTimesSA) July 5, 2017
— James de Villiers (@pejames) July 5, 2017
#CBDRobbery and Cash Crusaders also made their way into the discourse.
— Pheladi Sethusa (@pheladi_s) July 5, 2017
Most were using the trends to inform, but naturally some were using them to crack jokes.
“Strand Street” pic.twitter.com/wRnmsLXwx8
— PubRock Radio (@pubrockradio) July 5, 2017
“Strand Street” pic.twitter.com/eNM5LBsC4y
— Jason Sole (@KingJayded) July 5, 2017
I got 3 messages from 3 friends in CT telling me about the hostage situation at Cash Crusaders. Further proof that none one works there.
— Amith Gosai (@AMG133) July 5, 2017
So much drama at cash crusaders??? Our criminals need to set higher standards for themselves. What are you gonna do with a second hand HiFi?
— Kagiso D mokgadi (@KGcomic) July 5, 2017
Others saw a political side to the situation.
As I once said we would avoid what happened at strand street if South Africa gave people jobs.
— I am Lazola (@lazola_kuhle) July 5, 2017
And Steers — which is next door to the Cash Crusaders — saw an opportunity for branding, much to others’ dismay.
— Official Steers SA (@SteersSA) July 5, 2017
— Saya Pierce-Jones (@saya_pj) July 5, 2017
Nothing beats a traumatic and potentially life-threatening hostage situation for a quick tactical brand opportunity.
— Animal Dog (@warricksherrell) July 5, 2017
The situation is over, but the road is still closed as of 3.22pm.