No Pizza Is Worth Crawling Through Ventilation Duct To Steal

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Listen, I get it. Pizza is delicious, and you may be tempted to go to extremes to be near it. But it is not a good idea to crawl through a pizzeria’s ventilation system in an effort to burgle the restaurant that makes it. [More]

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Thief With Impeccable Timing Grabs Bucket Of Gold Flakes Worth $1.6M From Armored Truck

He only had about 20 seconds of distraction, but that’s all it took for one thief to walk off with about $1.6 million worth of gold flakes on a busy New York City street. [More]

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United Airlines Passenger Opens Exit Door, Hops Out While Plane Taxis

It’s always important to know where the exits are on an aircraft, but it’s also important that you not use the exit until the plane has come to a stop — and even then, you should not take it upon yourself to open the door. These are lessons that one United Airlines passenger apparently forgot. [More]

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Burning Down The Mall Because You Can’t Find A Shopping Cart Joins Long List Of Customer Overreactions

When you’ve been wronged by a business — or believe you have been — there are two ways you can try to resolve the situation: one, you can take a deep breath and calmly address the issue at hand by using your words; or, you can go the opposite route and overreact completely, and woe betide the poor mortals caught in your way. [More]

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NJ Man Arrested For 323 Toll Violations Worth $20K Enters Drivers’ Hall Of Toll Shame

There’s that one time you didn’t realize your auto-paying toll pass wasn’t in the car, and then there’s earning yourself 323 toll violations and failing to pay the $20,869 in fees and fines you owe. [More]

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Guy Steals Credit Card, Uses It To Buy Home Security Camera To Ward Off Thieves

Police in Colorado say they’re on the lookout for a man accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase a home security system, which, is of course useful when trying to keep people from stealing your stuff. [More]

Bank Robbery Suspect Caught Eating Lunch Joins Long List Of Accused Criminals Who Were Their Own Worst Enemy

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Sometimes, it doesn’t take an exhaustive manhunt or an intense investigation to catch an accused criminal. Sometimes, like in the case of a robbery suspect who was nabbed after he stopped nearby to grab lunch, bad consumers are simply their own worst enemy. [More]

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Couple Accused Of Stuffing Toll Baskets To Steal Coins Join Drivers’ Hall Of Toll Shame

While it’s doubtful that anyone has ever driven up to a tollbooth and exclaimed, “Oh, goodie! I get to pay a toll!” it’s important to help keep the nation’s roads maintained and drivable. Police in New Jersey say that one couple not only avoided paying tolls, but hatched a scheme to pocket all those coins for themselves. [More]

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Complaints About Marijuana Odor From Colorado Grow House Lead To $14K In Fines

It’s one thing if you can occasionally smell it when your neighbor lights up a doobie, say, in their yard. But it’s quite another if your neighbor has an extremely stinky — yet very legal — marijuana growing operation going on. [More]

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Do Not Call 9-1-1 With A Fake Emergency Just Because You’re Locked Out Of Your Hotel Room

Over the years, we’ve heard of many people abusing the 9-1-1 system in order to get help with mundane, non-emergency things like Pokemon Go or screwed up fast food orders. Here’s another one: if you’re locked out of your hotel room, don’t call 9-1-1 and say your daughter is choking. [More]

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Taco Bell Employee Accused Of Using Martial Arts Against Unruly Customer

While there’s no doubt that fast food workers often have to deal with upset, unruly, or otherwise difficult customers, law enforcement tends to frown on situations where employees take matters into their own hands — or, as illustrated recently at a Taco Bell, into their own feet(?). [More]

Shoplifters’ 10 Favorite Things To Steal During The Holidays

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In the shopping rush of the holiday season, it’s always wise to keep in mind that not everyone is in the giving mood: shoplifters do a lot of damage during this busy time of year, and there are certain things they like stealing better than others. [More]

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Reminder: Please Don’t Scatter Human Remains At The Opera

It’s understandable that someone would harbor a lifelong love of the opera, an affection that could lead one to wish they could stay at the theater forever. But New York police say one opera fan’s expression of devotion went a step too far when he scattered what seems to have been his mentor’s ashes during a performance at the Metropolitan Opera. [More]

Camera Catches Tow Truck Driver Taking $110K Sports Car On An Alleged Joyride

Camera Catches Tow Truck Driver Taking $110K Sports Car On An Alleged Joyride

A tow truck driver in Texas was unable to resist the lure of a $110,000 sports car: he took the vehicle out for a joyride before delivering it to its destination — a joyride that was caught on the car’s camera system. [More]

French Apple Store Smasher Sentenced, Ordered To Repay $19K In Damages

French Apple Store Smasher Sentenced, Ordered To Repay $19K In Damages

The man who went on a phone-smashing spree at a mall near Dijon, France, reportedly because the company wouldn’t replace his defective iPhone, has received a six-month suspended prison sentence. He must stay away from the mall and pay Apple back for his destruction spree. [More]

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Police: Hairstylist Used Pepper Spray On Dissatisfied Customer

In yet another example of why it’s important to be cautious when enlisting services from strangers online, a New Jersey woman says a hairstylist she hired on Craigslist pepper-sprayed her in the face when she expressed dissatisfaction with the results. [More]

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Video Seems To Show Man Instructing Boy To Swipe Package From Homeowner’s Porch

It’s bad enough to steal a package from a stranger’s porch, but enlisting the help of a kid to do your dirty work? That’s even worse. [More]

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Police: Woman Scams First Date Out Of $300 Gift Card At Dinner

We’ve heard of jerks who take advantage of folks looking for love, from dining-and-dashing to elaborate scams that swindle romantic targets out of thousands of dollars. Now, police in Connecticut say one woman fleeced her date after he paid for dinner — and used the money to go out with other men. [More]