A man suspected of robbing the Sammy’s Food Mart Wednesday evening told the clerk he was kidding when she refused to give him cash. Photos contributed.

Man tells clerk 'just messing with you' after botched robbery

The man, armed with a knife, was wearing a black mask over his face when he walked up to the clerk. The clerk can be heard asking the robber several times if he is kidding, and the robber responds, “No.” A moment later, the robber starts laughing, pulls off his face mask and says, “I’m just messing with you.”

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The clerk yells at the robber to get out. He apologizes, and he can be seen walking out.

The clerk said she recognized the robber by his eyeglasses and voice.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dayton police.

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