SYDNEY (Reuters) - Bemused diners watched as three hapless thieves unsuccessfully tried to kick open a sliding door in a botched attempt to rob an Australian seafood restaurant, police said on Monday.
The men, wearing balaclavas, ran off empty-handed but left their bootprints on the industrial-strength glass door in a robbery bid that Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio said could have been mistaken as "a rehearsal for a slapstick comedy."
Police said about 20 diners watched as the men, one of whom was carrying a knife, tried to push open the door of the restaurant in the coastal village of Gerringong, 140 km (85 miles) south of Sydney, and then began kicking the glass.
"They're probably more dangerous because they're dumb," police investigator Jamie Williams said.
Restaurant owner Greg Moore said diners remained calm as they watched events unfold while enjoying dessert and coffee.
"The door's open, the sign says 'Slide' but obviously with their balaclavas they couldn't read too well," Moore said.
Diners were given complimentary bottles of wine after the bizarre episode. Police later found what they believe to be a stolen car used in the robbery attempt, and are continuing their investigations.
I just though you people would like a good laugh at the failed attempts of others.