His co-workers thought it was a joke.

A 24-year-old employee at the Jack’s restaurant in the Pinson area finished his shift Friday and left work, only to return moments later in mask, wielding a gun in a disguise so bad his co-workers thought he was joking.

It was not a joke. Zackary Dexter Pace robbed the restaurant, taking with him an undisclosed amount of cash.

“While he was in the restaurant, several employees even recognized him,” said Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

“The employees recognized him immediately by his eyes and the poor attempt he made at trying to disguising his voice and the way he was dressed. In fact, at first they told him to stop joking before they realized he was serious,” Christian said in an email to The Huffington Post.

After he left, the manager called 911 and reported the holdup.

“Apparently he needs to work on that disguise a little,” Christian said.

Worse yet, police said that the robbery suspect showed up Monday to visit with co-workers, at the same time a sheriff’s detective was there doing employee interviews about the robberies.

Apparently he needs to work on his timing as well.

Zackary Dexter Pace was charged with first-degree robbery over the alleged botched robbery.

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