Florida man gives up robbing pizzeria after cashier says ‘no’

Around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Phillip Joseph Steinberg of Spring Hill, Florida, took his buddy’s car for a booze run when he decided to don a ski mask, gloves and a knife and hold up the nearby Village Pizza. He failed miserably. The cashier at the pizzeria told Steinberg “no” twice after being asked for money from the register, so the suspect imperceptibly slumped and left the restaurant. In a matter of 12 minutes, police arrested the 22-year-old.

Deputies from the sheriff’s office caught up to Steinberg at his buddy’s house.

From Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel:

When Steinberg returned, he remarked [to deputies] that Village Pizza had been robbed by someone matching his description so he removed the vehicle’s tag to avoid a case of mistaken identity, deputies said.

Deputies said found a ski mask inside the vehicle — the knife and clothing worn during the holdup attempt were located inside the residence and gloves were found in the yard.

Steinberg was booked for attempted robbery and is currently being held without bond because of a prior felony for intimidating a witness. Though he failed at intimidating the pizzeria employee?

“Law enforcement typically discourages robbery victims from resisting the criminal’s demand for money,” Sheriff Al Nienhuis told the Tampa Tribune. “Although this robbery had a happy ending, the situation could have escalated quickly.”

h/t FloriDUH