Charles Darwin at a green chalkboard.

1993 Darwin Awards

Honoring Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, Darwin Awards commemorate those who improve our gene pool--by removing themselves from it in the most spectacular way possible.

Wrong Time, Wrong Place
1990 Darwin Award Winner
Confirmed True by Darwin

Art by Jay Ziebarth

(3 February 1990, Washington) The following mind-boggling attempt at a crime spree appeared to be the robber's first try, due to his lack of a previous record of violence AND his terminally stupid choices, as follows:

1. His target was H&J Leather & Firearms - a gun shop.

2. The shop was full of customers - firearms customers.

3. To enter the shop, the robber had to step around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door.

4. A uniformed officer was standing at the counter having coffee before work.

Upon entering the premises, the would-be robber announced a holdup and fired a few wild shots. The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, covered by several customers who also drew their guns, thereby removing the confused criminal from the gene pool.

No one else was hurt.

Illustrated by Zeebarf

Submitted by: Gary Nach and Marcus Donner
Reference: Lyle Price and Robert Jones of the South County Journal


Marcus Donner confirms this story!
"I'm the photo editor of the South County Journal newspaper and also a long time fan of the Darwin Awards. I received your book as a Christmas Gift and recognized this award as a story we reported in February, 1990, about the man who attempts to rob a gun store in Washington after walking past a parked police car. I pulled our clip file this morning to confirm my memory and see that we ran several stories on the incident." Darwin has the clips in her possession.

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