VIDEO: Couple at Billings Bar Don't Let Armed Robbery Get In the Way of Love
December 10, 2021
Ah, love. It is beautiful, no? It seems to make everything and everyone else around you disappear, leaving just you and your sweetie, and your passionate embrace.
Or such was the experience of a Billings couple who, engaged in playing a heated match of tonsil hockey, totally missed that armed gunmen were robbing the bar they were in.
Maybe that sort of thing is par for the course in Billings, where big city living means that there's no time to slow down and smell the roses, the coffee, or the gunpowder.
The incredible event in question occurred at the Tap Inn on Broadwater Avenue in 2016. Three armed gunmen, all in dark clothes and ski masks, entered the bar. They aimed the guns at the bartender and the other customers, and everyone's hands went up. Everyone except for the couple at the bar, who were unable to detach lips. The robbers evidently thought that this was sufficient proof that they weren't calling the cops or reaching for their own concealed weapons (it's Montana, we assume they were all packing), leaving them alone.
Then the robbers take everything out of the till, even grabbing tips off of the counter. Then they leave, quickly driving away.
Now, here are our stray observations: at one point the man raises his hand, and then sets his elbow on the counter to rest his head while kissing. You know you've been making out for a while when you've got to hold your head in your hands to keep it from flopping sideways.
Second observation: finally, after the robbers leave, the couple disengages momentarily, just long enough for her to check her phone. Maybe, and this is just speculation, she got a phone alert: "BILLINGS NEWS: LOCAL BAR ROBBED AT GUNPOINT."
We've got to say, this is one of the funniest Montana videos we've ever seen, simultaneously seedy, kind of touching, and its got guns in it. All it needs is for a grizzly bear and cubs to run in and eat them all, and it would the "Citizen Kane" of Montana videos.