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[flagged] Colorado bank robber gifts money to passers-by and yells Merry Christmas (bbc.co.uk)
86 points by rvz 29 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 23 comments

"He is not believed to have had any little helpers."

I have to admit I almost spit out my tea when I read that.

Now that's authentic Christmas spirit! If only more people would follow his Christ-like example of truly selfless behavior and service to others.

I imagine the bank tellers who were robbed and afraid for their lives probably don't feel that way.

Jesus Christ whipped (yes, whipped) moneychangers, and this man didn't commit murder or harm anyone. Arguably, this man did less harm than Jesus Christ.

this story has my attention because .. idk .. something about privilege. In my imagination this smells like an old train-hopper moving into his chosen retirement community.. not saying he was sober when he did it but I bet hes been walking this through, in his head, for years. Meanwhile, some package thieves in the bay can't even get themselves arrested to stay warm without getting shot in the process. This guy knows what they are doing wrong, and that's privilege.

So those people working hard at the bank, making a living doing honest work, helping people deposit money, deserve being whipped. Got it.

The parent didn’t defend Jesus or the robber; they only argued that the robber was less harmful than Jesus.

Stealing ATMs with forklifts is a victimless crime! ;)


(Anybody know where I can rent one in Amsterdam on Christmas eve?)

Since this thread's been flagged off the front page, I'm going to use it for something off-topic.

I found the paper you said you were looking for in this comment[1], and sent a link to the address you have in your HN bio. It probably got spam filtered.


I can't legally post a link to a non-paywalled copy on HN, but the ACM allows for authors to host copies on their sites, so you might want to ask Klotz if they'll do so.

The digitized title is "Turtles and Defense" by the way.

Thank you! I must have missed that. Please try sending it again with the searchable keyword "froboz" in the subject, and I'll watch for it.

Somebody I won't name opined: "Since PGS runs a robotics company now, he might not relish the publicity." ;)


Classic mix up between Santa with Peter Pan. I hope they don't come down too hard on him, his heart was in the right place.

> Classic mix up between Santa with Peter Pan.

Classic mix up between Peter Pan and Robin Hood. :)

Oh dear thank you!

Maybe he should have worn a stocking over his head...

Not exactly sure why this is on Hacker News.

On-Topic: Anything that good hackers would find interesting. That includes more than hacking and startups. If you had to reduce it to a sentence, the answer might be: anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity.

My intellectual curiosity feels gratified. I admit I could be a special case, but given 77 others have also found it so, I don't think I am.

This is joke news. What is intellectual about? What did you learn about the world?

That there are still good people in the world. The man didn't take any money for himself, and sat patiently while waiting to be arrested. If more people in software had this mindset, we'd all be much better off.

Unrelated: the HTTPS cert for your site expired a few days ago.

What's intellectual about changing the HN banner to Christmas colors? Nothing wrong with the occasional festive uplifting article like this to restore one's faith in human kindness.

You're arguing for an exception to the rule rather than this being in conformity with the rule, as kick is doing.

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