Bank Robbin’ and Bill Payin’
Being a bank robber ain’t what it used to be. What ever happened to sticking up a joint and riding out on horseback to a carefree life on the lam (barring the possibility of being hunted, jailed or shot)? Sorry, Sundance — the glory days are gone. Now banks are being robbed just so the bandits can pay their utility bills.
Crime is always up when economies are down. But as writer Cord Jefferson of Good points out, there’s been an especially depressing trend of people robbing banks just to stay out of debt. If you’re wondering how bad it’s gotten, apparently some are less afraid of law enforcement than of debt collectors. Half a century ago, the concern would have been having your face plastered around town on a Wanted poster; now people are more worried about a low credit score.
If you feel like you’re being held up by your cell-phone carrier, credit card company, and tax collector, maybe you’ll have some sympathy for the bankrupt bank robbers rounded up by Good, like the man from Mississippi who got away with just $1,600 and then ran around town paying his bills; or the 73-year-old who didn’t want to lose his house of 20 years; or the toothless woman who needed money for dentures. Saddest of all is Jefferson’s story about James Verone of North Carolina, who stuck up a bank teller for $1 and then sat down and waited to be arrested. Verone’s plan: get sent to jail, where the state would pay for the healthcare he couldn’t afford.
There will always be an assortment of knuckleheaded bank robbers out there, like the all-American who tried stick up a bank with two apple pies and the Star Wars fan who robbed a Toledo bank dressed as Darth Vader (and escaped on a bike). But there’s a line between those Darwin Award-seeking thieves and those driven by desperation to become something they’re not.
“Why is there never any money, Butch?” asks Etta Place in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
“I swear, Et, I don’t know. I been working like a dog all my life and I can’t get a penny ahead.”
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I don't know if I would call it bank robbery, or them trying to get back some money they banker thieves have stolen.
I agree toxictexan.
I have given some thought to bank robbery and spending my retirement years in a federal pen........ but with my luck the courts would give me ten years probation, 6600 hours of community work and all the while it would cost me for either sentence with more money I dont have !
Now what ??
if u rob a bank with a gun its stealing ! if the bank squanders it its called bad judgement and the people bail em out ...true crooks is the bank
the only thing i hate to see is the hardworking low paid bank employees ,security guards trying to make an honest living doing their crappy repetitive jobs or customers get hurt or killed during a robbery. otherwise take the sh*&, the fdic insures up to 250k per account and the gubberment will just print more!
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