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41. Bank Robbery
It was 80 degrees in the shade. A
wearing a heavy army jacket, a pullover wool
, and dark sunglasses walked into the First American
at the corner of Maple and Main streets
downtown Short Beach.
The man walked up to
teller and held up a hand grenade for
to see. He said, “Give me all your
, all the money in this bank, right now!”
in the lobby screamed and started running, even
security guard. Nervously, the young female teller handed
man three big bags loaded with cash. He
out the door. A second later, one of
money bags exploded, covering him with red dye.
yelled in pain and surprise, and started pacing
in circles because he couldn't see where he
He couldn’t see, but he could hear.
heard the police siren get closer. Then he
the police tell him to get down on
stomach on the sidewalk and put his hands
his back. They handcuffed him and placed him
the back of the police car.
grenade on the sidewalk, the police told everyone
get back. They sealed off the whole block
called the bomb squad. The bomb squad came
examined the hand grenade. Then they laughed. They
the police it was a fake. The hand
was actually a harmless dummy, something a 12-year-old
The police chuckled. The bank employees
to work. The bank customers returned to their
. The bank robber, hopefully, would never return.