A teenager attending a job interview at a fast food restaurant won himself the position after stopping a robber as he attempted to run out with cash from the till.

Devin Washington, 18, was at a branch of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in eastern New Orleans on Saturday for the job interview.

Manager Danyanna Metoyer said a man walked into the restaurant and asked the cashier for some change, before he “just reached over the counter and stuck his hand in the change drawer”.

Assistant manager Dominique Griffin grabbed the man’s arm, but he managed to break free and run for the door.

Pablo Ciscart - arrested for robbery at Louisiana fast food restaurant

Pablo Ciscart is being held in jail over the robbery. Pic: New Orleans PD

Ms Metoyer got in front of him, while Mr Washington grabbed him from behind in a “reverse bear hug”.

He and cook Michael Ford then held on to the thief until police arrived, Ms Metoyer said.

Mr Washington said: “I got up and bent his arm back.”

Ms Metoyer said she and Ms Griffin had already decided to give Mr Washington the job, but had not had a chance to tell him when the robbery took place.

She said: “We hadn’t made hardly any money. He wasn’t going to take the $300 to $400 we probably had made. We needed our money.

“My upper-body strength was stronger than his.”

After the robbery attempt, the manager told Mr Washington: “You’re hired. You earned it.”

Police said Pablo Ciscart, 50, was arrested on a robbery charge.

A statement from New Orleans Police Department said: “CiscartĀ attempted to push the manager out of the way but the job applicant grabbed the suspect from behind in a reverse bear hug.

“Realising he was overmatched, Ciscart threw the cash on the floor and surrendered to the manager and the applicant.”