The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Thursday, 14 September 2006]

Professor Moriarty, I presume?

Out of Sweden today comes the story (sorry, article is in Swedish) of what may be the most inept bank robber in history.

Apparently, the would-be robber—who “appeared to be under the influence of drugs”—entered a bank holding a banana-shaped knife and wearing a purple child’s T-shirt as a mask:

Yep, that looks fierce

Maybe a Nixon mask would work better. Source:

Bank staff then laughed at him until he left the building.

Continuing the criminal mastermind theme, our hero removed the child’s T-shirt as he left, allowing one of the staff to get a look at his face. The staff member realized that she had seen him on the subway earlier that day, the police found his picture in surveillance footage from the subway, and he was picked up later the same day.

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