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A man stopped by a car dealership in Pompano Beach, Fla., several times: he was interested in a particular used car, listed at $32,900. “It’s a BMW x6,” noted sales manager Evandro Pereira. “It’s a very high-end car.” On one visit, Nicholas Jackson, 36, tried to buy it — with his Electronic Benefits Transfer card, commonly referred to as “food stamps.” Naturally, the dealership declined to accept the card. The next morning, employees arrived at the car lot and noticed the car was missing. “I had an idea” Jackson had taken it, Pereira said. “The first thing that came to my mind was him.” Sure enough, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office found Jackson in the car 75 miles away, in Palm City — stalled out, because he had run out of gas. Pereira was not particularly upset at the event. “What a hilarious thief,” he said. (RC/South Florida Sun Sentinel) ...Right: if nothing else, obliviots are good for their entertainment value.
Original Publication Date: 10 April 2016
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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