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The 2009 Darwin Award goes to …

I don't know if you keep up with the Darwin Awards.

These are presented to the person(s) who provide the most inventive or silliest way of removing themselves from the human gene pool.

And this year's winner is … a bank robber.  Or rather two of them.

Dinant (Belgium), September 26th 2009.

Two bankrobbers die during attempted bank robbery.

This morning, two bankrobbers died when they attempted to rob a cash
dispenser at a bank in Dinant. The two had attempted to crack the
dispenser using dynamite. Apparently they overestimated the quantity of
dynamite needed: when it was set off, the charge demolished the
building the bank was housed in.

The police was warned about the incident around 3.20.  When
they arrived at the scene, they found one of the bankrobbers, severely
injured. He was rushed to hospital but died shortly after arrival due
to massive head injury.

Initially investigators assumed his accomplice had managed to
get away; it was only some 12 hours after the explosion occured they
finally found the second bankrobber's body underneath the debris.

Nobody else was in the building, in which only the bank was
housed, at the time of the attack. Due to the severe damage caused by
the blast, it will have to be demolished.

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Of course, it does beg the question: what happened to the money?

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Chris M Skinner
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog, the Finanser.com, as author of the bestselling book Digital Bank, and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club. He has been voted one of the most influential people in banking by The Financial Brand (as well as one of the best blogs), a FinTech Titan (Next Bank), one of the Fintech Leaders you need to follow (City AM, Deluxe and Jax Finance), as well as one of the Top 40 most influential people in financial technology by the Wall Street Journal’s Financial News. To learn more click here...

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  • It was a BANK, Chris. Banks don’t have money. 🙂

  • Chris Skinner

    Such cynicism … but so true!