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Thief pepper-sprays 74-year-old Walmart greeter

A Wal-Mart store

Seth Perlman/AP

A 74-year-old woman working as a Walmart greeter got more than she bargained for when she tried to stop a thief at an Edmonton-area store.

RCMP in Spruce Grove say the woman was attacked with pepper spray when she asked a man to show her a receipt for his purchases.

The greeter was at the front entrance when she heard the door alarm go off.

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Police say two males were leaving the store with a vehicle battery and a speaker.

The greeter asked them for proof of purchase and one of the men swore at her and hit her with the spray.

Shoppers who noticed what was going on got the licence plate number of the fleeing thieves and RCMP located the vehicle and arrested two males.

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