Police in West Columbia are looking for the man who robbed the Skips Cleaners at 1312 Sunset Boulevard around noon, Thursday.
The suspect is not the typical armed robbery suspect Police chief Dennis Tyndall said in a released statement.
The suspect reportedly pulled a black automatic handgun from his waist band and pointed at the unidentified clerk while apologizing and saying he hated to do this but times are hard.
He took money from the cash drawer and fled on foot, although police think he may have parked a getaway car in front of a nearby business.
Police are looking for a clean-shaven 20 to 30-year-old black man, about 5 feet 8 inches tall. Hes described as having an athletic build and was last seen wearing wearing a tan ball cap, a dark blue tight fitting long sleeve exercise type shirt, and dark pants with a stripe on the side that may have been nylon gym pants. He also wore black sunglasses with orange and yellow tinted lenses.