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Robber holds up bank using baby doll
A 25-year-old man attempted to hold up a bank in Karachi, brandishing a baby doll and a blood pressure pump. He said the doll was a bomb and the pump was a grenade. The police were called and arrested the man. The bomb disposal team then discovered the doll was stuffed with harmless wires. The would-be robber "said that he had earlier tried to rob the same bank on Saturday, but had been foiled because it was closed."

image Paris Hilton Jail Edition Doll on eBay
"Comes with jail accessories like - jail window, handcuffs, LA County number sign, mugshot wall, and ball & chain. Also comes with a matching purse, and tinkerbell chihuahua"

Tiny Pocket People
The perfect gift for someone who has everything -- but you! Give them a miniaturized, doll-version of yourself. "At TinyPocketPeople, we create an unique, personalized miniature you, based on your uploaded digital photograph. And just like you, are each and every TinyPocketPeople doll unique."
Categories: eBay, Law/Police/Crime
Posted by The Curator on Thu May 24, 2007
Comments (4)
There's actually a better Paris Hilton jail edition doll if you look around ebay.

Also, those pocket people sound better than they appear, considering I could make them at home quite easily. They basically just printed the digital picture onto fabric and sewed it together. It would have been a lot neater if it was an actual plastic face made to look like someone you know.
Posted by Mera  on  Thu May 24, 2007  at  05:10 AM
Ooooo!

Tiny Pocket People:
Stuff it with your targets hair and you have a voodoo doll!!! LOL
Posted by oppiejoe  in  Michigan - USA  on  Thu May 24, 2007  at  11:00 AM
Damn, someone got to the voodoo doll joke before I did.

Re: The bank robber- it seems that barely a day goes by when I don't hear about someone in the states trying to commit a particularly strange bank robbery - I think you should make it your national sport. Points could be given for the utterly useless nature of any object used to threaten staff, and how people actually collapse laughing before you run away.
Posted by Nona  in  London  on  Thu May 24, 2007  at  11:10 AM
Nona, and we could reduce jail time for particularly good ones and increase it for lousy ones. But unless we could televise it, and bet on it, it wouldn't catch on.
Posted by Christopher Cole  in  Tucson, AZ  on  Thu May 24, 2007  at  10:48 PM
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