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A Texas master criminal's attempt to rob a Dallas bank ended badly after the teller requested two forms of ID before handing over cash. Nathan Wayne Pugh, 49, was on parole for two previous aggravated robberies when he marched into a branch of Wells Fargo to make an illegal withdrawal. Confronted by the teller's demand for …


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  1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    Reality stranger than fiction


    1. Colin Miller

      A wise man once said...

      "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities, truth isn't. " -- Samuel L. Clemens.

  2. Charles Calthrop
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    good that he's in prison

    WHat a disaster there must be behind this for someone to rob 800 and lose 8 years of their life. Regardless of whether the sentence is harsh or not it just made me really sad to think someone has such a shitty life that they put themselves in this situation.

    1. David Knapman

      I don't know what banks are like in the states

      But most banks in the UK don't have a sign up informing you of how much money is currently available for robbery. Do they have interactive screens above each teller, so you can pick which one to target?

    2. P. Lee

      re: good that he's in prison

      Its Texas, he's lucky a possie didn't string him up from the nearest tree

  3. Richard 120


    What a moron, blind obedience .

    Seriously what kind of criminal carries ID on them when they're robbing a bank anyway?

    Lock him up throw away the key, award him a darwin.

    1. Sarah Bee (Written by Reg staff)

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      That's one of the worst abuses of the Darwin I've ever seen. Get out of this thread.

      1. Paul_Murphy

        Though to be fair...

        The chances of him passing on his genes whilst in prison is remote (I hope)!

        I agree with a previous poster though - what sort of dire straits is this person in to drive them to try and rob a bank of $800?

        Maybe they are just so ill-educated and/ or stupid that they also believe in religion.

        On the other hand maybe it was an easy way for them to get a room with bed and board for free.



        1. dssf


          Oh, he can "pass them on"... they just won't be viable in the non-suc-cess-pool they end up in.... He won't get a room with a view, but someone'll get a bed with a peww....

        2. Lamont Cranston

          I like the idea that,

          said bank robber would march up to the teller and, rather than demand all the money, requested only $800, no more, no less.

      2. Chris Harden
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        Your generosity is without limits oh Moderatrix - throwing him off of the interwebs would have been much more fitting.

      3. Richard 120


        I was thinking of the "At-Risk Survivors" category, but if you want to be a bitch about it that's fine.

  4. Ray Simard

    It is indeed

    Almost as good as the one who left a bank empty-handed when the teller told him he had to have an account with the bank to rob it.

  5. The Fuzzy Wotnot


    Another reason why "we don't need no stinking ID cards"! If I decide to turn to a life of crime, I don't need to be caught out by quick thinking, on-the-ball bank tellers trying to find out who I am!

  6. S Larti



    God I needed that. Not sure the boss agrees...

  7. Anonymous Coward


    heh this happened in august..... BTW he was stopped by a pissed of mom fighting back...

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What did you expect

    The guy is called Wayne, no further explanation required.

  9. ravenviz


    This didn't seem that aggravated if he obliged to requests for ID. I don't condone this of course but 8 years seems harsh for $100 / year. How about "two cash robberies, as well as a series of violent 'strangulation' robberies and one aggravated taking and driving away offence" to get 7 years?

  10. Anonymous John


    It doesn't seem to be the reason it was caught though.

    Playmobil reconstruction please. I don't think we've had one this year so far.

    1. Brezin Bardout

      That is strange.

      It's almost as if it's two completely different cases in two completely different countries.

    2. kissingthecarpet

      He was the driver

      So he didn't actually strangle anyone. It can be a major error, being a driver on a robbery. I know someone who drove on a robbery. During the robbery, one of the robbers shot an off-duty "have-a-go" copper dead. They all got 25+ years, including the driver, who was also considered guilty of murder, even though he wasn't armed & didn't get out of the car.

      If you're going to commit crime, fraud is definitely the way to go. If you do it right, you may not even be committing a criminal offence, for vastly greater returns...

    3. Anonymous Coward

      Welcome to America!

      america: The land where if a person steals $800 from a bank he goes to jail, but if the bank steals Billions of dollars from the people they get a government bail-out and then millions in bonuses to themselves.

      1. Captain DaFt

        As a wise "entrepreneur" once said;

        "The most successful robberies are committed on paper, not with a gun."

        And then there's the classic: "If you're going to steal, steal BIG!"

  11. Dick Emery

    Reminds me of...

    ...The Great Escape in that final scene where the German officer speaks in English to the escaping officer, who then gets caught out on his own advice to other servicemen NOT to reply in English.

    1. Rainer
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      I bet the person behind the counter was also a film-buff ;-)

  12. HP Cynic


    I'm not just baffled at his stupidly but amazed the teller asked him for ID....was she that stuck in her routine?

    Anyway the amount of money involved is not relevant: he was robbing a bank and the law protects the banks quite firmly.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      But thats all the law protects

      If homeless person was mugged in the street and had every penny they own taken from them then police would laugh at them for reporting it, yet when someone steels an insignificant percentage of a Banks wealth it's armed man hunt time, lock'um up and throw away the key. Don't get me started on what happens when the Bank robs the tax payer.

  13. Captain DaFt

    Reminds me of one that happened near me

    Robber held up a convenience store near where I used to live, and the clerk handed over the money. Then the thief demanded a 6-pack of beer as well, and the clerk demanded ID as he "could get in real trouble" handing over beer to a minor. The ID was produced, the beer was handed over.

    The police were waiting for the thief when he got home.

    Smiley face because I always enjoy reading cases about dumb criminals.

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge
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      That clerk deserves a reward for sheer brilliance.

  14. veti Silver badge

    I "robbed" my bank like that yesterday

    If you show ID and walk out of a bank with $800... that's not a robbery, that's a withdrawal.

    What exactly is the crime here?

  15. A B 3
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    Check Dave Chapelle skit

    In the skit the crack dealer is treated as a wealthy white collar criminal and the embezzler is treated as a crack dealer would be. In the reversed roles the crack dealer gets off with only a fake apology.

  16. Neoc

    Reminds me of a quote...

    I worked for the local law enforcement in their IT division for 8 years. One of the Sergeants there had a quote which covers this:

    "How stupid is the average criminal? Let me put it this way: he still gets caught by the average cop."

  17. Eddy Ito Silver badge

    He should have walked

    Clearly asking for an ID was in violation of his 5th amendment rights protecting him from self incrimination!

  18. George Nacht

    Two remarks

    from two of my personalities:

    1. If somebody with a parole sentence behind his neck goes to rob a bank...or rob anything for that matter, then that person WANTS to be in jail.

    2. if somebody with a parole sentence behind his neck goes to rob a bank...or rob anything for that matter, then this country´s legal system seriously fails to deter people from crime.

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