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Top 10 Robbery FAILS Caught on Tape


Script written by Alex Slade

Let’s all be thankful security cameras exist, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to laugh at these guys. From robbing a Starbucks with an Optimus Prime mask, to forgetting how doors work, to the meat cleaver bank robbery, these epic fails are gut busting-ly funny. WatchMojo counts down ten robbert fails caught on tape.

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Top 10 Robbery FAILS Caught on Tape

Let’s all be thankful security cameras exist, otherwise we wouldn’t be able to laugh at these guys. Welcome to, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 10 Robbery Fails Caught on Tape.

For this list, we’ll be watching those hilarious screw-ups that didn’t think their plan through enough when trying to get away with the goods. Whether it’s a bank robbery or a small store hold-up, if the robber’s bungled it up somehow, it’s eligible for this list.

#10: Venti Beatdown, Extra-Hot

A balaclava is scary. An Optimus Prime mask; not so much. Here we have an assailant armed with a gun and a knife. The gun is fake, but the blade isn’t, which makes what’s about to happen quite frightening, but entertaining nonetheless. A patron decides to take matters into his own hands when he picks up a metal chair and proceeds to go to townon the robber, thwarting his plans entirely. There’s just something so satisfying about seeing someone who thinks they’re in control get taken out unexpectedly. After the beatdown, the robber is found bleeding nearby and is subsequently arrested.

#9: Indian Bank Robbery

We can’t imagine what went through the heads of everyone inside this bank when what looks like a busload of armed assailants burst through the door. Some of them brandished knives, and others firearms. There is clearly a lack of organization shown within the group, as they threaten aimlessly, seemingly standing around before even doing anything. Eventually, one of them returns with what looks like a small bag of the goods. Now, we’re sure that after the risk of robbing a bank, one would want a decent sized reward, but these guys have to split the tiny takings between themselves, which is almost a dozen shares. Nice one, fellas.

#8: Meat Cleaver Bank Robbery

Here we have a robber so laughable, even the teller gets in on it. The dude in question casually walks up to the teller, meat cleaver in hand, before he just stops in front to make a phone call. Who’s he even calling? Hopefully his lawyer. After the teller has her fun mocking the man, he is immediately subdued. Next time, it’d probably be a smart move to make sure there are no cops inside, and to maybe actually – oh, we don’t know – do something?

#7: Locked Inside a Convenience Store

It's one thing to take on an armed attacker by yourself, but to take on two at once, you're just asking for trouble. Luckily, though, this clerk manages to fend for himself, driving his two attackers back without getting seriously hurt. The icing on the cake? He actually manages to lock the perps inside. It takes a while for them to realize that they're faced with a glass door they can easily break, but by then the cops are on their way. When it comes to robberies, the words ‘slow’ and ‘fail’ usually go hand in hand.

#6: Sledgehammer Robbery

Security or bulletproof glass is tough: really tough. Even a sledgehammer is going to have a hard time smashing through a pane of it. After finally making an entry large enough for to stumble through, this poor guy unfortunately realizes he can’t even access the money. Thankfully, the security glass slowed him down long enough for a group of civilians to take matters into their own hands. Trapped and surrounded, the robber can do nothing but hide behind the glass and contemplate the life decisions that brought him there.

#5: Karachi Bank Robbery

There's a certain level of intimidation required when trying to coerce people into giving you what you want or just getting out of your way. Guns will do that, so long as you keep hold of them. This ambitious bank robber struts in confidently and manages to bring the whole pane of security glass down just by kicking and pulling it. However, confidence turns to overconfidence when he places the gun down on the counter and jumps over to nab the reward. He then runs off without it, before skidding to a halt and realizing his mistake.

#4: Breaking Down the Wrong Wall

When you’re planning an extravagant break in, you’d best get the ‘planning’ stage correct, especially when you’re putting as much effort into it as this. Seeking a multi-million pound score, the perps bring a digger to the building of a cash depot and proceed to knock down the wall to get inside. Once they succeed, they realize they’ve broken down the wrong wall. These guys definitely get an A for effort, but they probably should’ve checked a map a few more times before putting their plan into action

#3: Knife Insecurity

This is the kind of stuff you see in comedies, but it happens in real life, too, as you’ll see. A robber armed with a knife threatens the clerk to hand over the money, and it seems like it’s working out for him… that is until the clerk whips out a knife of her own. In all fairness, his blade was pretty big, only hers was bigger, to the point where it looks more like a sword. Speaking of swords, another cashier once chased a robber out of his store with a samurai sword. Who knew you had to be well-versed in sword fighting to successfully steal from a store?

#2: Pull to Open

We’ve all been in this guy’s situation before… only we weren’t robbing banks... It’s the old pull-don’t-push door, and that thought never runs through his head as this robber desperately tries to escape. After his plan was foiled and the alarm tripped, he sprints for the exit but thinks he’s trapped inside as the door won’t open. Then, accepting defeat by the door, he waits for the police to come. It’s only when an innocent senior woman enters the bank that he recognizes his mistake, and makes his getaway.

#1: Axe Man

It’s undeniably a frightening image to witness a man in an overcoat walk in your direction with an axe. Luckily for the tellers, they’re behind security glass, and we all know by now how sturdy the glass is by now, right? It takes the guy dozens of hits with his axe to make any progress. For some reason, he thinks it’s weaker on one side, so proceeds to try at a different spot. Eventually, he manages to crawl through, but the police are right behind him, and he’s caught with one leg out.

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