World’s lousiest bank robbery took place in China

February 27, 2011Jing Gao7 Comments, , , , , , , , , , ,

At 9:03 a.m. on February 7, a man walked into a branch of Postal Savings Bank of China in Baodi, Tianjin, and put on a black mask before he commenced his bank heist with the help of a …gun? No, a hatchet! Some Chinese netizens who watched the entire video footage recorded by the bank’s surveillance camera counted that the man hammered two toughened glass windows 198 times for 4 minutes before he broke a hole he could narrowly worm himself through to reach the counters. While he was taking his time breaking the glass, the bank clerks had enough time to manage to call the police and escape the bank through a back door.

Netizens described the hilarious robbery as consisting of “the coolest robber, the crappiest strategy, the most audacious mind and the most miserable ending.” Even the bank clerks and the police were mocked by the netizens as unprofessional and incompetent, as one bank clerk who had a stun baton did not try to stop the robber. Even though the armed police grabbed one foot of the robber, who was then stuck in the hole, the robber still managed to flee the scene through a back door at gunpoint.

Despite the fact that the video has become viral on the internet, so far no official news source has verified the authenticity of the video. Some doubted that it is a carefully rehearsed and edited troll. Some even joked it can be used as a commercial for toughened glass.

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00:22 The man walked into the bank.
00:27 The man put on a mask over his head, while the two clerks were chitchatting.
00:30 Bank clerks screamed at the masked man and left their seats to reach for the phone over the counter and set off the alarm.
00:38 The men began hammering the glass with a hatchet.
00:49 One clerk fetched a stun baton from a cabinet and held it tight in her hands.
01:28 The clerk with the stun baton reached the police over her cellphone. She said, indistinctly, “Hurry over!”
02:59 Two clerks took away things, perhaps cash or official stamp, from the desk drawers and carried a briefcase with them.
03:15 The man made his first attempt to pass through the small opening on the glass.
03:33 He kept hammering after the failure.
03:46 Another customer was coming in before he realized what was happening and retreated.
04:23 He finally got to the other side of the glass and began rummaging.
04:51 He found two stacks of cash money and stuffed them into his pocket.
05:08 Two armed policemen arrived.
05:37 Policemen grabbed the robber’s foot while yelling repeatedly “Freeze!”
06:06 One policeman fired a shot at the robber but missed him.
06:09 The robber escaped through one back door.  One policeman ran out from the front door to catch him.

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7 comments to “World’s lousiest bank robbery took place in China”

  1. Joel | February 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Where in Tianjin exactly?

    • Jing Gao | February 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

      Sorry that I didn't specify. It was in Baodi, Tianjin.

  2. Hao Hao Report | February 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    Someone thinks this story is fantastic…

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  3. Jimmy | February 28, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    This is so awesomely hilarious.

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  5. tofu | March 13, 2011 | Permalink Reply

    hahahahaah. What a calm robber. Easy going as if it was on a no hurry :)

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