10 of the World’s Dumbest Criminals

Ignorance is bliss and crime doesn’t pay: two idioms that shouldn’t go in the same thought. If you’re going to show the initiative to be a criminal it will pay in the end if you’re smart enough to pull it off. Make no mistake, law enforcement has seen it all and your chances of making a clean getaway are slim. The following dumb criminals shouldn’t have even gotten off the couch.

10. Deaf Robber Can’t Hear Alarm

A man name Klaus Schmidt attempted to rob a bank in Berlin during the summer of 1995. He walked in the front door brandishing a pistol and demanding that a bag is filled with cash. An understandably rattled bank teller asked the masked man if he needed a bag for the cash he was attempting to clear out of the tills, to which he responded: “You’re damn right it’s a real gun!” The bank employees quickly realized that the criminal before them was in fact deaf.

The alarm was sounded, and the employees pretended it wasn’t very loud, so as not to tip off the armed man. He was even unaware when police entered the bank and quickly put him into custody. His response? Schmidt sued the bank for taking advantage of his hearing impairment.