A man from Henan who tried and failed miserably to rob three banks in Hong Kong, ultimately being mistaken for an April Fool’s joke, has appeared in court on charges of attempted robbery, Apple Daily reports.
On April 1 our hapless bank robber first tried to rip off a bank on Ngau Tau Kok Road, cutting to the front of the queue and handing the clerk a slip of paper which read “This is a robbery, give me HKD100,000 or I’ll detonate a bomb.” Unfortunately the clerk thought he just wanted to throw some rubbish away and put the slip in the bin.
Not deterred, the world’s worst bank robber moved on to his second bank of the day further down the road where he once again cut the queue and handed a note over the counter. This time he managed to spell the word robbery wrong, writing “打却” instead of “打劫”.
For some reason, either because he was impatient or too scared, the man ran away before the clerk even got chance to read the piece of paper. When she did, she at first mistook it for an April Fool’s joke before she saw the phrase “I have a bomb” and called the police.
Still not ready to give up, two days later the man once again tried to hold up a bank, this time only asking for a rather unambitious 10,000 Hong Kong dollars. The clerk hit the silent alarm and started preparing the money, but before she could hand it over, the smooth criminal reportedly walked out of the bank.
Thanks to the ample quantity of CCTV footage and DNA recovered from a napkin he’d left behind at the scene (this is clearly his first time trying anything like this), police quickly caught up with the man and arrested him a day later on April 4.
How do you think his antics stack up against this would-be bank robber from Tianjin, who spent so long trying to bash his way through bulletproof glass with a hatchet that by the time he had finished, all the staff had fled and the police were waiting outside for him?
Previously on Shanghaiist: Bank teller laughs at man’s half-assed robbery attempt in Shanghai
By Dominic Jackson
[Images via Apple Daily]