A woman who was wielding a steak knife at a convenience store in downtown St. John's on Tuesday evening certainly didn't instil terror in the clerk on duty. 

A woman tried to hold up the Needs convenience on Military Road.

The man working at the store told CBC News that the woman came in holding a small steak knife, and then demanded cash.

The clerk said he refused to hand over any money, and that he told her he was going to phone the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

The woman, the clerk said, seemed to believe that he wouldn't follow through on the threat. 

He did place a call, though, and the woman was still in the store when the RNC arrived on the scene. 

The woman, 34, was charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.