The everyday items used by a pair of British brothers to detain a stabbing suspect in Sydney have been immortalised in a Twitter meme.
Luke and Paul O'Shaughnessy, from Bury in Greater Manchester, said they acted on instinct as they saw a man wielding a large blade running through the streets of the Australian city centre on Tuesday.
Racing down from their fourth-floor office, the brothers chased the attacker before tackling him to the ground and helping pin him down with a chair and milk crate.
Now the hashtag #milkcrate has gone viral and praised the actions of the brothers while mocking US attitudes to gun laws at the same time.
After actor Russell Crowe tweeted “Make Australia crate again”, the rest of Twitter picked up on his pun of Donald Trump’s election-winning slogan - and highlighted how the O’Shaughnessy brothers did not need guns to stop an attacker:
Let’s make Australia crate again— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) August 13, 2019
America - Walmart - gunman.— Just Jan (@janr572) August 13, 2019
Multiple other people carrying guns - didn’t stop the gunman.
Sydney - guy with a knife - taken down by a crowd with a chair and a milk crate.
Aussie Aussie Aussie #milkcrate
Ohio: *9 dead after Police arrive in 1 minute*— Liz Saunders (@saunders_liz) August 13, 2019
Sydney: *one casualty after Police arrive in 40 minutes*
Americans: sEe BaNnInG gUnS wOnT dO aNyThInG#milkcrate
Dear America. I have a #MilkCrate. It protects my family, and yet, I don't even have to keep in a safe, get it licensed, or worry that one of my children might accidentally use it to shoot someone.— Lateralist (@Lateralist76) August 13, 2019
Both brothers said they were "proud" of their actions, but denied they were heroes - despite police and the country's prime minister commending them for helping to tackle the suspect.
Paul, 37, a former midfielder with crisis-club Bury between 1999 and 2004, said: "I didn't even think about it.
"I just thought is my brother going to be OK as we ran towards him.”
He added: "Our values as brothers is we are protectors.”
New South Wales Police Superintendent Gavin Wood, speaking to reporters near the scene, praised the men who tackled the suspect, also said to have included Manchester man Lee Cuthbert.
Mr Wood said: "They are significantly brave people. They approach the person... with clear evidence of a stabbing previously. These people are heroes, and I want to acknowledge that.
"These members of the public going about their day-to-day business have jumped into a situation which was extremely dangerous, extremely hostile, and they have brought a person - who we will be alleging stabbed an innocent person for no specific reason - into custody and allowed us to do our job."
Police said the suspect in the attack - 21-year-old Mert Ney from Maryong in New South Wales - attempted to stab several people in the Australian city, at around 6.15am BST (3.15pm local time) before being arrested.
Michaela Dunn, 24, was found dead in a building nearby and police were investigating if the earlier stabbing at a hotel on the corner of Clarence and King streets was linked to the street attacks.
Police confirmed they were investigating allegations the suspect yelled "Allahu akbar", or "God is great", but are not treating it as a terror incident.
Police said a second woman in hospital was not in a life-threatening condition, while a third woman was said to have a minor injury to her hand.