Survivor Story - Personal Size Pepper Spray Thwarts San Francisco Attack

The elderly couple was on the bus heading home in San Francisco, when they noticed they were being followed. The man was carrying pepper spray from Mace® Brand, "just in case," and it's a good thing. What quickly unfolded came as a surprise to everyone.


It's a story shared by the son of the couple that was involved. Just a week before the incident, Bob decided to empower his parents and bought them each a personal sized pepper spray since he worries about their safety in the city.

San Francisco is very crowded, and Bob says his parents, who are retired, often take public transportation. On this day, they were on their way home from a day trip, just two blocks from their house, when they noticed they were being followed by two men.


Soon after getting off the bus, Bob says his parents kept an eye on the two men, who started running toward the elderly couple. Bob says his mom started to scream when she saw that one of the men was waving a steel pipe.

Bob's Dad was able to point and shoot his pepper spray right at one of the men, hitting him directly in the face. Instantly, the man grabbed his head on both sides and bent down, before running off with the other would-be assailant.


"It's legal, it's compact, it's the perfect product for empowering and self-defense," Bob says. "I'm so glad I got it for them, MACE® saves lives. This is a debt that my family will owe to MACE® for a long time."


Bob is now very involved in the "Stop Asian Hate" movement in Oakland, California. Bob says Oakland is a place where there are multiple daily attacks and robberies against vulnerable elderly Asians. He helps organize citizen volunteer foot patrols, and he carries pepper spray while on patrol.

As a member of the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Bob and other members will be part of a street festival in Oakland Chinatown August 28-29, 2021, aimed at helping the "Stop Asian Hate" movement and empowering local residents with safety products and advice to help maintain safety in the city.

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