So, did you hear the one about the bank robber who thought he was invisible but turned out he wasn't?
No really, it's not a bad joke...it's a true story. Well, at least according to this article from the UK's Metro.
In the long list of criminal dos and don'ts, one of the top pieces of advice – above not robbing a CCTV camera shop, or not forging banknotes with running ink – has to be 'never rob a bank thinking that you're invisible when you're not actually invisible.'
Sadly for one man in Iran, he made just that mistake – and as a result, police in Tehran are hunting a fake sorcerer who convinced the man he was invisible and so could rob banks safely.
The man's ill-fated heist attempt started to go wrong shortly after he entered the bank, as he started snatching money from the hands of customers. For some reason, rather than being terrified of the mysterious invisible poltergeist stealing their cash, the customers quickly overpowered the hapless thief.
'I made a mistake. I understand now what a big trick was played on me,' the man told the court, state-run newspaper Jam-e Jam reports.
He explained that he had paid 5 million rials (just under £290) to a wizard imposter, who in return gave hims spells to tie to his arm. The sorcerer told him that they would make him invisible, and that he could then rob banks to his heart's content.
A couple of things I find amusing about this story. The first being the police looking for a "fake sorcerer" in relation to this. Shouldn't that just say "con-man"? Of course, I guess this fake guy is giving all the "real" sorcerers a bad name...
Second of all, wouldn't you maybe verify the invisiblity is working BEFORE you wander into the bank and try to rob it? Of course, I may be answering my own question here becuase the bank robber thought going to a sorcerer to become invisible was the best way to rob a bank....
posted by Michael Hickerson at 11/07/2006 08:16:00 AM