The Darwin Awards

2001 At-Risk Survivor

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Rob Peter to Pay Paul
2001 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

(16 July 2001, Union City, Tennessee) A woman ordered to pay off $1100 in bad checks left the courthouse, drove to her hometown, and pulled a gun on employees at the First State Bank. She fled into a cornfield with $7000, eluded the hastily-organized search party, and made her way back to Union City to pay her debt.

But given the small size of her hometown, with a population of 344, it was inevitable that one of the tellers would recognize her. Police were waiting at her home to arrest her and confiscate the remainder of the money.

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Submitted by: Jacob Butcher, Eric Karlson, Mark Steinberg
Reference: Boston Globe

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