19 May 2006

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (64)

This week's joy in the misfortune of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Tuesday, May 16; link good at time of posting):

A knife-wielding mugger was reduced to pleading with a pensioner for his bus fare home after she refused to hand over her purse, police in northern Germany said Tuesday.

With his woolly hat pulled down and the neck of his sweater covering his nose and mouth, the youth pulled a 10-inch blade on the woman in the seaside town of Binz and threatened to stab her unless she handed over her bag, police said. She refused.

"Then he tried to invoke her pity," a police spokeswoman said. "He said 'at least give me five euros ($6.40) for the bus ride home'. But she just walked off and left him standing."

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