What’s the best way to deal with a robber? Shrug him off*.
Straight from SPD’s reports:
On 9/29/10 at about 1315 hours, The victim was walking near NE 47/19 Ave NE.
As he was walking, the unknown suspect approached [him] and asked for the time.
When the victim stopped and gave him the time, the suspect pulled a semi-auto handgun out of his waist band and pointed it at the victim. The suspect then demanded money.
The victim believed that the gun was a fake, so he said no and walked away.
The suspect began to yell at the victim, so the victim called 911. The suspect then fled southbound on foot.
The victim was not injured, and nothing was taken. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the suspect.
*(Note: this is not actually a recommended technique, unless you happen to be bullet/knife-proof, or a total badass)