Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Screws here... get your screws here

A German factory worker thought he'd stumbled on a brilliant money-making scheme. No, he didn't start randomly emailing people in foreign countries, asking for their help transferring funds. He also didn't offer to put together puzzles, for those with bad spatial recognition skills. Instead, he sold screws.

Not like that, people. He sold screws that he'd been stealing from his employers. The man was apparently stealing thousands of screws per night, only to auction them away over the Internet.

This is absolutely shocking to us, for a number of reasons. One, we just find it difficult that he was able to get away with thousands of screws every night he worked for at least two years. Two, we never would have expected that you could possibly auction off screws, but, well, we guess eBay has proven that one man's junk is another man's treasure. Following that premise, one man's stolen tools are another man's needed birdhouse requirements.

Of course, the police in this whole situation weren't much help, as they only started tracking the thief after, "In the end, it became obvious that screws were being sold for much less than they usually cost."

And there you have it. If this had been a book by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it could have been titled "The Cheap Screws". A feature film version could star Britney and the Parisite.

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