They don't have both oars in the water.
They're a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
Most of 'em should let people think they're idiots and keep their mouth shut, instead of opening it and removing all doubt.
Reader Monica sent a story from Salt Lake City that fit the bill, alright. A robber wielding a pick axe entered the "Black Diamonds" store and demanded they fork over their precious metals and money. The employee had to explain as best he could that there were no diamonds or gold or jewels: it was a technical climbing gear outlet. The befuddled robber probably had that deer-in-the-headlight look as he next decided to steal some computer equipment and programs and then make his get-away.
Of course, all that exchange took some time, so the employees had ample time and opportunity to note his appearance, what he was driving, etc. Lucky for them none got bludgeoned...ya know, when I think of tools that might be used in a robbery, 'pick axe' just isn't that high on the list. Thanks for that head-shaker, Monica!
When people get desperate, they tend to become blind, or at the very least myopic as they focus intently on the greed-deed at hand...while perseverance can be a virtue, it does have a down-side...
DATELINE: EDWARDSVILLE, ILLINOIS
Carleous Clay, Jr. is a 26 year-old Michigander who pulled up alongside a woman to ask her directions.
Or so she thought.
He attempted to rob her at gunpoint, but the quick-thinking mother hit the accelerator and took off, fully aware her 3 children in the car had to be protected.
NOTE: don't mess with a mom and her babies.
You don't take off after them, either. Alas, Carleous was a scumbag-on-a-mission and was bound and determined to chase her down to continue the heist. The pursuit was on.
Mom was quickly on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, immediately put in contact with the Sheriff's Office, and they told her exactly what to do and where to drive...
I can just imagine what Thug-eous felt when he realized too late that the mom had led him straight to a nearby sheriff's department. And, well...
As the late, great Paul Harvey would now quip,
"And now you know....the rest of the story.