(Heh! When I hit ‘Save’ on this entry, there was a net.burp and, for the first time ever, I got a duplicate post. Figures it would happen with that title, eh? 🙂 )
Sometimes I Delight In finding two or three weird stories in a short amount of time, and running them all together in the same issue. It happens more often than you might think (especially if you’re not a Premium subscriber, and don’t see all the stories).
Other times, the stories come out a couple of weeks apart. Such is the case this month, with two extraordinarily similar stories — except for their outcomes.
The first is from the 15 July issue:
Google — What Can’t it Do?
Security cameras at Bigg City, a family amusement business in Colorado Springs, Colo., show the two burglars as they enter the facility with a key. They even apparently had the combinations to the safes inside, but even with those they couldn’t get the three safes open. The security footage goes on for an hour and 15 minutes until one of the burglars got an idea: he stepped to a running computer and searched Google for “how to open a safe” to get help. With detailed instructions from an online site (spin the dial a couple of times first!), they got the safes open and escaped with about $12,000 in cash, a laptop computer, and a PlayStation video game console. “They’re not professional safe people,” said Colorado Springs police detective Chuck Ackerman. “No, they’re not.” (Colorado Springs Gazette) …With reasoning ability like that, you can see why he was promoted to detective.
After I wrote that story, I found this one, which ran in this week’s (29 July) issue:
Low Brow, High Tech
Two employees of a restaurant outside New Castle, Del., went into the office after closing and found a man inside. The man ran out the back door, but was caught by police nearby. Police identified him as Branden M. Tingey, 28, who was a manager at the restaurant three years ago, but was fired. “This was a burglary,” said police Cpl. Joseph DiStefano. “He meant to rob the safe.” The problem was, he didn’t know how. Investigators checked a computer in the office and found Tingey was trying to get instructions over the Internet. “The [current restaurant] manager moved the mouse on the darkened screen” for investigators, DiStefano said, “and ‘How to Crack a Safe’ came up on the screen on the Yahoo page.” (Wilmington News Journal) …Remember, kids: successful safe robbers choose Google.
It turns out that the second one actually occurred first. Too bad, since if Tingey had known that Google gives better results on this topic, he may have gotten away with it too.
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