I lol'd when I read this one. Sets a new standard for stupidity.
Lynn woman charged for bizarre can scheme By Taylor Provost / The Daily Item
LYNN — Police arrested a woman at a Lynn Stop & Shop Saturday after she allegedly stole $64 worth of soda cans from the store and attempted to feed them into a digital can return machine in exchange for money, according to a Lynn Police incident report.
According to the report, Officer Craig Fountain was watching loss prevention video while on detail at the grocery store, located at 35 Washington St., around 8:45 p.m. when he observed 36-year-old Tina Cafarelli, of 37 Green St. #504, purchase 18 12-packs of assorted soda and pay with a state-issued electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card, which she allegedly also stole. Cafarelli immediately took the cans to the store’s digital can return machine and attempted to deposit them without emptying them.
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Here's the math. She tried to return 216 cans for the 5 cent deposit. That would've gotten her a grand total of $10.80 US.
She probably could have spent a couple hours picking up the same amount of discarded bottles and cans along the road for the same amount of money - all perfectly legal.