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An April Fools’ Day Joke That Wasn’t So Funny

by / Tuesday, 01 April 2014 / Published in Legal News, Tips

Digging around looking for April Fools’ Day material I found this criminal case; it’s a textbook example of what not to do on a day like today:
Woman with surprised look on her face

April 7, 1970, [the] defendant entered the grocery store where she worked. He produced a toy handgun and stated, ‘This is a hold-up’. [The cashier] gave him the folding money from the register which he took and fanned out on the counter. He had a mask, but didn’t put it over his face because she already knew who he was, and for this reason he stated he should shoot her. She said, ‘Please don’t shoot me’. He stood there for a minute, gave the money back to her and said it was an April fool’s joke. Thereafter, he ordered and paid for one bottle of beer and left.

The court found that the defendant had the requisite intent to commit armed robbery and he was charged as such. It’s not all that funny having to go to court to defend yourself for a joke, but then again, I don’t think armed robbery is ever really a joke anyway. Not the brightest defendant.

Goodwin & Scieszka would like to wish you a happy April Fools’ Day. Our advice: faking an armed robbery is a good way to get you into a whirlwind of legal trouble. Avoid it. Save yourself the headache. Try something simple like a fake news story.

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