Change the Facebook Status to Dork

With some help from me, my teenage son broke Author Clarissa Draper's Dancing Men cypher challenge--a concept that she based on an idea by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. She was promoting her new book The Electrician's Code at Carol Kilgore's place. Both authors are worth a look for sure. 

It is impressive what teens can accomplish when they put their minds to it; I mean as long as it does not involve waking them before 10 am on a summer's day.

Anyway, here is a crime fail in the news…
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I have not featured a crime story from "The Gopher State" since discussing "Diaper Thieves" awhile back. Fortunately, this St. Paul felon delivers with an extra helping of humor:
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn -- Police didn't have to work hard to catch a man who broke into a Minnesota house.

First the burglar failed to log out of Facebook after checking his profile on the homeowner's computer. Then he agreed to meet up with homeowner James Wood in an effort to get back wet clothes he'd left behind…South St. Paul police said the burglar took credit cards, cash and a watch...

Wood posted his phone number on the burglar's Facebook page, hoping someone would call. The burglar himself texted Wood and agreed to meet with the homeowner, thinking he could negotiate for his clothes. 

When Wood spotted the burglar, he recognized him from Facebook and called police... 
And who says that we Americans import everything and rarely have anything worthy to export?

This crime tale ran in newspapers from India to Great Britain.

Yes my friends, we Americans can still manufacture our own excellent stupid criminal stories--products that put smiles on faces and are otherwise enjoyed by news readers from around the globe.

U….S…..A...!!!

U….S…..A...!!!!!

16 comments:

joeh said...

If only we could also exile some of the idiots who make these stories which we export.

Bijoux said...

It cracks me up to think of a criminal as naive, but seriously, trusting the person you just robbed?

Stephanie Faris said...

Oh yeah...we definitely have our fair share of stupid criminals! I guess if they were smart, they'd get real jobs...

messymimi said...

What's equally sad is that, until these criminals are caught and convicted, they vote!

lisa said...

That just may win the Darwin prize. Definitely qualifies as felony stupid! Thanks for the giggle to start my day. :-)

Lady Lilith said...

Lol. This sounds really funny. Thank you for sharing.

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that guy gives idiots everywhere a bad name. Go USA lol

Chrys Fey said...

Wow. That is a major crime fail! People are certainly idiots. If only criminals were stupid like this more often, a lot more would be caught.

Gail Dixon said...

Amazing how stupid some people are. And nervy. Stole cash, credit cards, etc and then expected to have his clothes returned? Wow.

Brian Miller said...

ha. stupid crook news for sure...oy...i am sure the view of americans went through the roof after that one...

Gloria Baker said...

Really some people is terrible but at the same time sounds funny:)

Miranda Hardy said...

I remember reading this story and laughing about it. One for the books!

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
Sometimes...technology can be a REALLY good thing.
(whatta dumba$$...LOL)

Good story.

Stay safe.

Hilary said...

I'd read about this. Not one of your brighter specimens. :)

terri said...

Hmmm... South St. Paul is the home of the bowling alley where I bowl every week. Chances are good that I've crossed paths with this idiot at some point.

Yep. We've got some real doozies over here in MN!

WomanHonorThyself said...

love this one Slam!...people sure are err..interesting?..is that polite enough?..grins+* :-)