AS IT neared midnight in North Ipswich, Christopher Pomorin walked into a service station he regularly used carrying two knives he had taped together lengthwise at the handles.
The 36-year-old strode to the counter and revealed the large weapon, the length of his forearm, from behind his back.
His demand was simple: "Give me the smokes - Longbeach 40s".
The attendant recognised Pomorin immediately and said: "Are you serious?" to which Pomorin replied: "Yes I am, do you want to call the police?"
The quick-thinking attendant had already pressed the panic button which alerted the security company.
Despite being alone, the 24-year-old worker managed to keep Pomorin calm and stall him while waiting for police.
After a few minutes of continuing to point the knife at the man, Pomorin "seemed to realise" he wasn't going to get any smokes so left the store empty-handed.
When police arrived the attendant said Pomorin was a regular and Safe City cameras showed him leaving the servo on Pine St and walk up Flint St.
Officers found him hiding in a unit complex not far from the servo and he confessed all.
He even took police on a walk-through of the crime and took them to his unit and pointed out the knife on top of his fridge.
Pomorin pleaded guilty at Ipswich District Court to one count of attempted armed robbery.
He was sentenced to 12 months' prison and released on immediate parole.
The offence occurred on October 31, 2010 and was referred to the Mental Health Court.
It was heard in June last year where the court determined Pomorin was not suffering an unsound mind at the time he offended and was fit for trial.