Monday, June 20, 2011

Bank Robbery = Free Health Care

From the WTF files, aka The New York Times, a man in North Carolina attempts to rob a bank in order to get free health care:

James Verone, an unemployed 59-year-old with a bad back, a sore foot and an undiagnosed growth on his chest, limped into a bank in Gastonia, N.C., this month and handed the teller a note, explaining that this was an unarmed robbery, but she’d better turn over $1 and call the cops. That, he figured, would be enough to get himself arrested and sent to prison for a few years, where he could take advantage of the free medical care.

Because he only asked for $1.00, the crime isn't going to carry the three year sentence he was hoping for.  Mr. Varone describes himself as a "logical person":

In a television interview last week with a local news station, WCNC, Mr. Verone explained that he was hoping for a three-year sentence, which would give him a place to live and free health care until he was old enough to collect a Social Security check and buy a condo on the beach. “I’m sort of a logical person and that was my logic, what I came up with,” he said.

Good grief.  He should have just attempted to be an illegal.  Or at least done some research on the charity hospitals in North Carolina.


Jazz One said...

This sounds like a plot from a Jim Carrey movie.

Pat Austin said...


LOL you're right, it does!

steve said...

Wonder if he took a page out of Richard Pryor's script in "Stir Crazy?" "Yeah, I'm bad, I'm bad, Yeah, That's right, I'm bad!"

49erDweet said...

Logically, Mr. Verone might be better served to sue the britches off an educational system which in his earlier years somehow failed to explain to him the difference between "logic" and "stupidity".