Tuesday, April 15, 2008


Thank goodness. After yesterday, we were concerned that we'd end up having a week of nothing but seriousness. Especially given that, while we fully admit that we're nowhere near the leading edge of any news story, we're finding that we tend to sit around the middle. Yes, even after we had our take on the events, we got to see the professionals (or at least the ones who get paid) to make an even larger deal out of the comments than we did. And to think, what took them hours (and possibly days) to hammer out, we were able to express in one post.

But today is a new day, and this new day features some of our favorite people. Thank goodness for inept crooks. Especially crooks that make mistakes that could (and should) have been avoidable.

Take, for instance, the thief that decided to place some of his stash into a safe deposit box for a time. Presumably, the criminal was planning on going back at a later date when some of the heat had died down, but, instead, he handed over a collection of coins to the person he'd originally stolen them from. We can only assume that the thoughts of the victim were along the lines of, "Hmmm... these look familiar. Hey, wait a minute..."

And yes, for those of you wondering, this could have been avoidable. There's a reason why so many heist movies (or at least heist movies that take place in houses) feature the thieves looking at pictures. You don't want to be caught with your guard down. If you look at the pictures on the walls, there's a good chance that you'll have a nagging little voice at the back of your head that says, "Stop a moment. Doesn't this guy look like the guy in the kayak from where we got the DVD player? And doesn't that girl look a little bit like Mena Suvari?"

Okay, so that last sentence may not happen, but if there's a chance that you can recognize "Guy-Behind-the-Bank-Counter" as "Guy-with-Martini-and-Horrible-Sunburn", you can avoid the embarrassment. And subsequent jail time.

If only a voice like that had existed for a Japanese man who was released from jail. After all, shortly after being released, he decided to attack a police officer with a knife, all in the attempt to secure a gun. When asked why, he pointed out that he "didn't have any money at all". Which makes perfect sense, except when you realize that the reason he didn't have a gun or money may have had something to do with his just getting released from prison. Then again, maybe he just really liked the food and missed his cellmate.

Ultimately, we just have to wonder what types of shirts these guys were wearing. Could it have been found amongst these? Or were they being witty, instead?

No comments: