A Missouri man is facing charges after trying to rob a leather store using a fake gun.

The owner of the shop told police he feared for his life for just a moment before realizing the pistol was fake.

He pushed it out of the way and told the man, identified as Amanuel Perkins, to leave.

He then called police on him.

Perkins denies that he intended to rob the store, claiming the whole thing was a joke for St. Patrick’s Day.

He’s been charged with one count of attempted first-degree robbery.