If you don’t succeed using violence, then maybe just by playing on their sympathy, you may just be a successful robber … or not.

First he pulled a knife — and when that didn’t work a would-be robber persuaded his victim to hand over money with a sob story.

Austrian police told of a woman who last month refused demands by a knife-wielding man to give him 400 euros ($570) from an ATM.

He then changed tactic when he put away his weapon, took off his mask and told her a sob story of how he was homeless and broke.

The woman was so moved that she then handed over 90 euros ($130) out of pity.

It was reported that the woman’s husband, was not so understanding.

The unidentified culprit was arrested after the husband alerted authorities in Neunkirchen, a town south of Vienna and the scene of the crime.

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