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Politeness Counts

According to police, Dominyk Alfonseca, 23, walked into a bank in Virginia Beach, Va., and handed the teller a note. “I need 150,000 [dollars] right NOW!!” the note started. “Please.” A couple places on the notes even included smiley emoticons. Before Alfonseca left the bank, he posted a photo of the note and two videos of the alleged robbery on his Instagram account. He was apprehended by the police with a bag full of money, but in an interview at the jail, Alfonseca claimed he didn’t commit a crime. “I posted the video on my Instagram,” he said. “I videotaped it. If it was a robbery, I don’t think I would videotape it, post the picture of the letter and do that all to come to jail.” Because of this, Alfonseca believes he will be found innocent in court. “Police told me, ‘we are just doing our job,’ and I don’t think they even believe there was a crime,” he said. (MS/WAVY Portsmouth) ...If they put a smiley emoticon on the charges, then he’s probably right.
Original Publication Date: 07 June 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 21.

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