American Airlines Catering Truck Drivers Allegedly Skimmed More Than 100,000 Mini Liquor Bottles

Remember the movie “Office Space,” where the conspiring co-workers wrote wrote a banking program to take a fraction of a cent here, a fraction of a cent there until they amassed a small fortune? Some employees of Sky Chef, the catering contractor for American Airlines, did that at New York’s JFK Airport. Except instead of a massive ill-gotten fortune, the 18 current and former truck drivers ended up with hundreds of thousands of tiny liquor bottles. Which they sold, instead of just having a few really amazing parties.

In the fantastically-named “Operation Last Call,” the accused thieves sold ill-gotten booze to undercover investigators. Their haul also included duty-free items such as grownup-sized liquor bottles, cologne, and cigarettes. One retired driver had hundreds of garbage bags filled with mini bottles in his home, along with a pile of cash.

If you’re wondering, the bottles go for fifty cents to $1.25 each on the black market.

18 JFK Airport Workers Accused Of Stealing 100,000 Mini Liquor Bottles [Gothamist]
EIGHTEEN CHARGED IN THEFT OF MINI BOTTLES OF LIQUOR AND DUTY-FREE MERCHANDISE FROM JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT [Queens DA's Office]

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  1. bikeoid says:

    A large scale version from the movie “View from the Top”? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0264150/

  2. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    …didn’t they try that in Superman 3?

    • PurplePenquin says:

      Yup, and the characters in Office Space gave due credit to Superman III for the idea.

      Related (tho not from either of those movies) clip: http://youtu.be/5monB4fIzy8

    • Robert Nagel says:

      I remember that this happened back in the early 60’s at the dawn of the computerization of corporate America. A clever programmer hijacked the fractions of a cent for his personal account.
      This may have been the source, directly or indirectly, for the Office Space plot.

  3. yankinwaoz says:

    And yet MF Global steals $1.6 billion of their customers’ money and no one is even being charged, or looks like they ever will be. Glad to see we have our priorities straight here.

  4. PragmaticGuy says:

    I’m guessing that the liquor didn’t belong to the airlines but was sold on consignment. Otherwise it wouldn’t have had to be removed from the plane. It’s amazing the number of ways people figure out how to steal. And how many others are willing to help them do it.