A 45-year-old man in Burton, Michigan, was walking home after midnight, carrying a plastic bag with a can of beer inside that he'd just bought.He says a stranger accosted him, pulled a pocketknife and demanded money.

The man said he'd spent the last of his money on the beer. So the mugger demanded the beer and reached for the bag. The victim swung the bag with the beer can in it and whacked the would-be thief hard in the side of the head. He ran away, and the man called 911.

Who knew that being drunk and disorderly in public would ever be considered a good thing? This guy is just lucky it wasn't an Olde English 800, he could've been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.