Not everyone is suited for a life of crime. Some of us avoid it because we realize that it would be wrong to engage in illegal activities. Others prefer not to risk the consequences of getting caught. And then there is another special group—people who attempt a life of crime but really shouldn’t because they are just plain bad at it.
5.Deaf Robber Can’t Hear Alarm
In August 1995, Klaus Schmidt tried to rob a bank in Berlin by walking in with a pistol and demanding money. At one point, one of the bank employees asked the robber if he needed a bag, and he replied, “You’re damn right it’s a real gun!” This made them realize that Schmidt was deaf. Taking advantage, one employee set off the alarm. Schmidt remained oblivious.
4.Free Beer Catches 19 Criminals
In 2011, Derbyshire police used a strategy by offering wanted criminals free beer. The men received notices through undercover officers informing them that they’d won a crate of beer each. To collect, they needed to contact the company that ran the promotion. Nineteen fugitives called the assigned number, setting up a time and place to collect their winnings. Tragically, there was no free beer when they turned up—just police officers ready to take them into custody.
3. Robber Gives Cashier His Phone Number
In 2008, 18-year-old Ruben Zarate wanted to rob a muffler shop in Chicago. But there was a problem—most of the money was in the safe, only the manager could open it, and the manager wasn’t in. Ruben decided that he would try again later. To save himself some time, he left his cell phone number with the store employees. That way, they could call him when the manager returned.
2. Robber Leaves Birth Certificate And Note From Mom
Zarate broke a basic rule for any crook: Leave nothing behind that can identify you. The man stole a wallet containing $40 in cash and the victim’s ID. However, during the struggle, he dropped two bags of his own. On the very top of one of them was his birth certificate. As if that weren’t enough, the bag also contained a letter from the robber’s mother addressed to him.
1.The Worst Disguise Ever
The disguise chosen by Dennis Hawkins, a 48-year-old Pittsburgh man who decided to rob a bank consisted of a woman’s blonde wig, a pair of fake breasts, and clown pants. The first problem was that the get-up revealed his face, which was captured on CCTV surveillance. You might guess that Mr. Hawkins wanted to fool people into thinking he was a woman. In that case, he should have considered getting rid of his mustache and goatee.