Here are brief details of some of the least successful robberies in recent years:
a bank robber in Tel Aviv in 1995 was foiled by a deaf cashier, who could not hear him whispering 'this is a hold-up'. He fled the bank in embarrassment.
a bank robber waited in line for 20 minutes in 1995 for a cashier to bring him a bag of money. He was arrested as he left the bank.
also in 1995, a Dutchman gave a shopkeeper a note demanding money but fled when handed a reply saying: 'Sod off'.
Los Angeles, USA:
in 1996, a 71-year-old grandmother pleaded not guilty to armed robbery, saying she had been driven insane by the Internal Revenue Service.
a blood bank was robbed in Colombia in 1996.
a man was charged in 1997 after threatening to kill a racoon if people didn't hand over their money.
in 2002, a thief at a South African zoo made a fatal mistake: he attempted a getaway via the tiger's cage. He died of a broken neck and a fractured skull.
The first time a getaway car was used in a robbery was on 27 October 1901 in Paris.