An apparent failure to communicate prompted a frustrated would-be robber to leave without getting a dime.

A man walked into Cafe Trio, 680 S. 900 East, just before 10 p.m. Thursday, presented a pink plastic bag to an employee and said "fill the bag," said Salt Lake City police detective Jeff Bedard. The man also threatened the employee by saying, "Don't make me hurt you," according to Bedard.

The employee, however, thought the man said "feel the bag" and reached out a hand and complied.

"You've got to be kidding me," the frustrated robber said, according to Bedard.

The would-be robber at that point gave up and left. He was described as a white man, about 25 years old and 5-foot-8. He was last seen wearing a hunter green hat, dark glasses and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on the man can call police at 799-INFO.