10 February 2006

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (51)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Thursday, February 9; link good at time of posting):
Detectives in Germany were dumbstruck after a man they had just booked for burglary walked out of the police station and drove off in one of their cars, authorities said Wednesday.

"It's not just unusual, it's embarrassing," said a spokesman for police in the central town of Eschwege.

. . . .

After he was charged and released, officers were stunned to see the man easing out of the station in the unmarked vehicle and immediately gave chase.

Three cars, including the stolen vehicle, were damaged in the ensuing pursuit.

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1 comment:

Kierkegaard Lives said...

That's great. For a similarly "embarrassing" story, check out The Omaha World Herald.

On Sunday, January 22, 2006, a county correctional center inmate escaped while being taken to jail from a medical center. He was in the back seat of a police cruiser, with his hands and legs shackled, had been "searched" first, and there were two officers in the front seat of the cruiser. Somehow the inmate pulled out what appeared to be a weapon (and was later identified as a bar of soap with some ink on one end), convinced both officers to get out of the car, and managed to drive off in the police cruiser -- while shackled.

This guy remained at large for a few days before he was finally caught.