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From the Archives: The Brassiere Brigade
Status: ScamHere's a story that got a lot of attention back in 1950, but seems to be entirely forgotten today. It's the tale of the Brassiere Brigade. This was the name the press gave to a group of young women employed in the counting room of the Southern Bell Telephone Company down in Miami. The women had the job of taking the money collected from pay phones, and placing that money into automatic counting machines. A few of the women figured out that because there was no official record of how much money had been collected until the coins went through the machine, if they stuffed a few rolls of coins down their bra instead of putting them in the machine, no one would ever be the wiser.
Some of the women were reportedly walking out with up to $150 a day... for years. And they might have got away with it if the police hadn't accidentally discovered what was going on.
Even when they were caught, it looked like they would still get away with it, because the police couldn't figure out how to press charges against them. Although the women had almost $10,000 in coins in their possession when caught, there was no direct evidence of a crime. The phone company couldn't prove the money belonged to them. In fact, the phone company couldn't prove it had lost any money. For a while it really did seem like the perfect crime. But eventually the police did figure out a way to charge them.
I've posted the full story in the hoaxipedia.