5 “Smart” Ideas That Went Horribly, Horribly Wrong

Word to the wise: Don't rob a bank while disguised as yourself.

november 2015 outrageousNishant Choksi for Reader's Digest

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.
Source: metro.co.uk

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.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest

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