Wising up.

So a dude in Rochester tried to rob a Citizens Bank branch inside of a Giant Eagle (hsss!) twice.

“He showed the teller the note,” said DeLuca, “the teller said to the suspect ‘Is this a joke?’ And the suspect at that time made a hand gesture and exited the store.”

Okay. This guy tries to rob a bank and then gets scared off by the phrase, “Is this a joke?” That’s all it took? Next time someone tries to steal my purse, I’ll be all, “Is this a joke?!” and then as the guy is running away with my purse, ripping out tampons and wondering where the cash is (I DON’T CARRY CASH, PBTHH!), I’ll be calling after him in confusion, “Hey! I SAAAAID, ‘Is this a joke’!”

Last Friday, a man with a similar description walked up to a teller at the same bank and demanded money. In that case, the man got away with an undetermined amount of cash.

Let’s take a look at him on his first attempt.

Now it all makes sense. You’re a bank teller. A guy walks up wearing a ball cap with a big giant dollar sign in the middle and asks you to hand over some cash, hell yeah, I’d be all, “Is this a joke? Hah! You almost had me there. Would you like to open a checking account today? You’ll get a $25 gas card! Have a butterscotch while I get the paperwork. You, funny guy, you.”

On his second attempt:

He changes his hat and score! Money!

It’s nice to see we live in a world where criminals can learn from their mistakes.

(h/t Arika)


  1. Monty
    August 1, 2008 9:24 am

    Any chance that the “hand gesture” after his initial failure was jazz hands? That would put me in a good mood for the whole day.

  2. jason
    August 1, 2008 9:32 am

    jazz hands can be leathal when attached to the wrong radius and ulna.

  3. Kayleigh
    August 1, 2008 9:38 am

    Maybe I’m reading the story wrong, but it sounds like he successfully robbed the bank the first time (last Friday), and the second time fell through for him (on Monday). I haven’t had any caffeine or alcohol yet today, so don’t take my word for it.

  4. pittgirl
    August 1, 2008 9:39 am

    Jazz hands! Love it.

  5. A Model Citizen
    August 1, 2008 10:53 am

    This makes perfect sense! I wear my Pirates hat, people ask if I’m joking. I wear my Steelers hat, no problems.

  6. Bill
    August 1, 2008 11:16 am

    Yes, Kayleigh is right, he got money the first time, none the second time.
    We don’t raise ’em bright up here in Beaver County.

  7. Thee Dude
    August 1, 2008 11:24 am

    Correction, they were “spirit fingers”!

  8. Sofa King
    August 4, 2008 9:24 am

    I read a study somewhere that Requip, the prescription drug used to treat Restless Leg Syndrome, is also effective in the treatment of both Jazz Hands and Spirit Fingers, if used in smaller doses.