What I don’t get about bank robbers

Raymond Chen

My reaction to the news story about the so-called Barbie Bandits wasn’t disbelief or shock at the crime, but rather confusion over their over-arching plan. People rob a bank and use the money to buy stuff. Dude, cut out the federal crime; just steal the stuff directly.

When I expressed this disbelief at the lunch table, one of my colleagues took issue with my assessment. “Oh, no, the food in state prison is awful. Federal is much better.”


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