Dutch shoppers shocked by 17th-century flashmob

Shoppers at a Dutch mall were flabbergasted when a shoplifter prompted a more dramatic response than usual.

Swordsmen descended on ropes, horsemen thundered over polished marble tiles and chickens and dwarves ran amok.

Thankfully, it was all part of a stunt to promote the re-opening of Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It finished with a picture-perfect imitation of Rembrandt's The Night Watch painting.