5 “Smart” Ideas That Went Horribly, Horribly Wrong
Word to the wise: Don't rob a bank while disguised as yourself.
Good Idea … A serial bank robber in Pittsburgh was known to police for his red beard. So for his next heist, he wore a disguise.
… Too bad it didn’t work: The disguise he chose was a red beard to cover his red beard. The robber was arrested after his getaway car was recognized as belonging to a bank robber with … a red beard. Source: wtae.com
Good Idea … Someone in Iowa City, Iowa, bought a sculpture made of “found” items—discarded electronics—and placed it in a space where art is left for public consumption.
… Too bad it didn’t work: Authorities thought it was a bomb and blew it up. Source: upi.com
Good Idea … To avoid paying a $50 luggage fee, a passenger flying to Glasgow, Scotland, chucked his suitcase and wore all his clothes—six T-shirts, four sweaters, three pairs of blue jeans, two pairs of jogging shorts, two jackets, and two hats—onto the plane.
… Too bad it didn’t work: He passed out shortly after takeoff from heat exhaustion and was taken to a hospital upon landing.
Good Idea … An agoraphobic conquered her fears of the outdoors and left her house in England for only the third time in ten years.
… Too bad it didn’t work: She fell down a manhole while helping a friend park her car. Source: dailymail.co.uk
Good Idea … In an effort to promote Life Savers Ministries, which helps disadvantaged children, the organization posted a billboard featuring the quote “He alone who owns the youth gains the future.”
… Too bad it didn’t work: The quote is Adolf Hitler’s. “We are pulling the billboard and certainly never intended to cause confusion,” said the founder. Source: ledger-enquirer.com
Still standing? Here’s 12 more clever ideas that got people in serious trouble.