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'Joker' dozes off during robbery
Lloyds TSB branch - generic
Burns demanded money from Lloyds TSB staff
A drunken man who tried to rob a bank as a "joke" fell asleep while waiting on his money, a court has heard.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court, Derek Burns, 47, admitted a breach of the peace at a branch of Lloyds TSB in Glasgow's south side on 4 November, last year.

He had threatened workers with a can of deodorant in a bag portrayed as a weapon but when cash was refused he fell asleep, prompting staff laughter.

Sentence was deferred until later this month for background reports.

The incident happened at the Lloyds TSB branch in Albert Road, Crosshill.

Burns entered wearing his fluorescent works jacket with the hood up and approached a teller.

It was a joke of the worst possible taste
Joe Shields
Defending Burns

Prosecutor Derek Buchanan said: "Burns produced a blue carrier bag and held it in such a way that something long and cylindrical could be seen.

"He tried to push the bag through the counter tray. He said 'give us your money, give us your money'."

Staff activated the panic alarm.

The bank manager spoke with Burns and told him he was not getting any money.

The court heard how Burns remained in the bank, sat down and fell asleep.

The accused, of Alness Crescent, Mosspark claimed it had all been a joke.

His lawyer said the incident latterly became so farcical that staff could be seen laughing on closed circuit television footage.

Joe Shields, defending, added: "It was a joke of the worst possible taste."

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