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Updating the 'Legal Blog Watch Checklist for Bank Robbers'

In December, I offered our very first "Legal Blog Watch 5-Point Checklist for Bank Robbers" based on some unfortunate decisions made by would-be bank robbers that foiled their efforts. These "worst practices" continue to roll in like the tide, so let's update the list with a few new points for bank robbers to keep in mind:

  • Effective disguise: I thought this was self-evident, but apparently not. The bottom line is that you will have a far greater chance of success if you conceal your identity in an effective manner. A clear plastic bag over your head does not meet this criteria, as (a) it does not obscure your face and will permit the tellers to identify you later, and (b) as your mother told you when you were three years old, it prevents you from breathing.
  • Duct_tape_bandit Invest in success: I'm not going to say that wrapping your head in duct tape is an ineffective disguise, as it does cover up many distinguishing features if applied liberally. But think about raising your game a bit here. You are investing a lot of time and effort in this bank robbery. Spend the $5 at Target to get yourself a ski mask or something, and do this right. Plus, it will be a lot less painful for you if you get caught, as the police are not known for their tenderness when removing duct tape from bank robbers' heads.
  • Keep it on the "down low:" Remember that the element of surprise is everything in a bank robbery. Calling your local TV station and telling them that you want them to send a camera crew to film you robbing the bank the next day may feel good for a minute, but it will only undermine your plans in the long run.

Posted by Bruce Carton on February 2, 2010 at 11:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)


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