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(Hartford Courant)   Man crawls across movie theater floors to steal nearly $70,000/week. Almost worth it   (courant.com) divider line 47
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2012-10-23 12:18:07 AM
I've worked at a movie theater in Connecticut for a decade none (not any of the ones mentioned in this article), and can't even fathom how this is possible. The aisles is the vast majority of theaters is barely big enough to walk through, how a person could crawl, go unnoticed, and sift through a woman's purse without being noticed is unfathomable to me. Either these women were incredibly stupid and inattentive to their surroundings, or there's more to this story. I half expect this guys Mug Shot to be released and it turn out that he looks like the midget from Bad Santa.

On a related note however, I did used to make quite a haul on weekend evenings after closing going through the auditoriums and picking up loose change and bills found on the floor. The foreigners we had cleaning overnight caught on pretty quick however, so I eventually had to go out of my way and really fight them for it. Those days are long gone however, most people don't carry cash on them anymore, and the ones that do are more careful with it. The days of teenagers letting a wad of bills fall out of their pocket when they take out their cell phone are long gone.
 
2012-10-23 02:28:12 AM

spman: I've worked at a movie theater in Connecticut for a decade none (not any of the ones mentioned in this article), and can't even fathom how this is possible. The aisles is the vast majority of theaters is barely big enough to walk through, how a person could crawl, go unnoticed, and sift through a woman's purse without being noticed is unfathomable to me. Either these women were incredibly stupid and inattentive to their surroundings, or there's more to this story. I half expect this guys Mug Shot to be released and it turn out that he looks like the midget from Bad Santa.

On a related note however, I did used to make quite a haul on weekend evenings after closing going through the auditoriums and picking up loose change and bills found on the floor. The foreigners we had cleaning overnight caught on pretty quick however, so I eventually had to go out of my way and really fight them for it. Those days are long gone however, most people don't carry cash on them anymore, and the ones that do are more careful with it. The days of teenagers letting a wad of bills fall out of their pocket when they take out their cell phone are long gone.


Perhaps it was only a furlong?
 
2012-10-23 02:28:47 AM
He is now known as the sticky bandit.

/Was his name Marv?
 
2012-10-23 02:29:32 AM
spman: Stealing money out of the mouths of poor immigrants.
 
2012-10-23 02:29:50 AM
Oh, yeah? Well, every token I find while mopping the booths is MINE to KEEP
 
2012-10-23 02:37:19 AM

spman: I've worked at a movie theater in Connecticut for a decade none (not any of the ones mentioned in this article), and can't even fathom how this is possible. The aisles is the vast majority of theaters is barely big enough to walk through, how a person could crawl, go unnoticed, and sift through a woman's purse without being noticed is unfathomable to me. Either these women were incredibly stupid and inattentive to their surroundings, or there's more to this story. I half expect this guys Mug Shot to be released and it turn out that he looks like the midget from Bad Santa.


I wonder if this was was a theater retrofitted for stadium style seating that personnel can access through a door, and then have removable access panels on the screen-facing portion of the steps... That's the only plausible explanation I can think of.  He can remain undetected the entire time and spend an entire movie looking for easy opportunities.
 
2012-10-23 02:38:31 AM
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Would have shot him in his face for trying something like that.
 
2012-10-23 02:44:06 AM
This sounds like the most comfortable movie theater of all time. Almost worth the $5000 credit limit they're getting.
 
2012-10-23 02:47:19 AM
If we had chip and pin cards here the take would have been much, much smaller if there was any take at all.
 
2012-10-23 02:49:04 AM
He's probably like that guy in the X-files, can slither through cracks and small openings. I would think the velco-like ripping sound he makes as he unsticks himself every time he moves along the floor would give him away.
 
2012-10-23 02:52:57 AM
Why does he look like Mitt Romney?
 
2012-10-23 02:56:21 AM

Birnone: He's probably like that guy in the X-files, can slither through cracks and small openings. I would think the velco-like ripping sound he makes as he unsticks himself every time he moves along the floor would give him away.


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Eugene Tooms. I want to believe.
 
2012-10-23 03:00:07 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Why does he look like Mitt Romney?


And why am I Mr. Sparkle?
 
2012-10-23 03:01:24 AM

DrGunsforHands: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Why does he look like Mitt Romney?

And why am I Mr. Sparkle?


Oh, hello, American investor.
 
2012-10-23 03:01:29 AM
Ew.
 
2012-10-23 03:08:07 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: DrGunsforHands: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Why does he look like Mitt Romney?

And why am I Mr. Sparkle?

Oh, hello, American investor.


Awesome Power!
 
2012-10-23 03:33:38 AM

detritus: Birnone: He's probably like that guy in the X-files, can slither through cracks and small openings. I would think the velco-like ripping sound he makes as he unsticks himself every time he moves along the floor would give him away.

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Eugene Tooms. I want to believe.


Heh. That's the creepy motherfarker that married that Stodden girl.
 
2012-10-23 03:42:52 AM
So this guy is looking at less than twenty years in jail, after establishing himself as of no value to society. He's just going to reoffend when he gets out.
 
2012-10-23 04:03:50 AM
Cop math. I might believe about $7.50 in loose change and postage stamps. In a month.
 
2012-10-23 04:15:42 AM
www.screeninsults.com

I have had it with these motherfarkin' thieves in this motherfarkin' theater!
 
2012-10-23 04:18:18 AM
If the theater was mostly empty (the criteria is, after all, "motion pictures likely to be popular with female audiences"), he could have crawled a row in front of the target (assuming it's empty), then grabbed the purse from under the seat.
 
2012-10-23 04:30:08 AM
Space considerations aside, how did he manage not to get irretrievably stuck within the first row or two? I know people have said he would have made a sound ripping his body free, but I can't imagine he'd even have been able to do that more than once or twice.

Anyway, you dumb biatches, this is why you either a) don't take a purse to the movies, or b) keep it in your lap like I do.
 
2012-10-23 04:42:12 AM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Oh, yeah? Well, every token I find while mopping the booths is MINE to KEEP


So "Jizz Mopper" doesn't pay as well as I have heard?
 
2012-10-23 05:13:28 AM
Who puts their purses on the floor of the theater?!?

That's nasty.
 
2012-10-23 05:19:36 AM
We all got 50K plus credit limits, right?
 
2012-10-23 07:20:15 AM
nowincolour.com

...foulness I can't imagine. Or maybe I just don't want to.
 
2012-10-23 07:37:10 AM

zerkalo: We all got 50K plus credit limits, right?


That's what baffles me. Even if it is $50,000 he got from three cards, that's still $10k+ on each one. Would you carry 10 grand in cash around with you? So why carry a card worth that much? I'd imagine if I found myself in a situation where i needed to spend a few thousand dollars I could be bothered to go home and get the card out of my safe to make the purchase.

You get fleeced for several thousand dollars cause some creep stole your credit card, that's your own damned fault for carrying something that's basically as good as cash these days.
 
2012-10-23 07:47:04 AM
Some people are just born bad.

The solution isn't more credit rules, but to lock up the bad people, if we can't just send them to the moon or floating tent-cities in the Pacific.
 
2012-10-23 07:52:37 AM
I used to be a projectionist in a movie theater and I can tell you those floors are NASTY!!
CSB:
Once, in order to save money, the theater chain hired me and a couple of other guys to tear out the aisle carpet in our largest auditorium before the carpet pro's replaced it. So gross! It was not worth the money.
 
2012-10-23 07:53:42 AM

rnatalie: [nowincolour.com image 640x358]

...foulness I can't imagine. Or maybe I just don't want to.


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2012-10-23 07:54:18 AM

rnatalie: [nowincolour.com image 640x358]

...foulness I can't imagine. Or maybe I just don't want to.


Surprised it took that long.

"I remember thinking that was the length of 5 ping pong tables. Clearly I gots trouble with the math."
 
2012-10-23 07:56:36 AM
A real creep.
 
2012-10-23 08:02:45 AM
Ew, yecch ... what's his FARK handle?
 
2012-10-23 08:16:58 AM
$70,000 in a weekend? Seems like you'd only need to do this maybe once or twice a year to be set. Sound's like he got greedy and got caught.
 
2012-10-23 08:20:32 AM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: You get fleeced for several thousand dollars cause some creep stole your credit card, that's your own damned fault for carrying something that's basically as good as cash these days.


Um, you do realize that individuals are not responsible for fraudulent credit card charges, right? If someone steals your card, the only ones who might be "fleeced" out of that money are the credit card company (unlikely) or the stores which accepted it (most likely)... You are never on the hook for it... So, it's no wonder most people feel no need to secure their credit cards, since there are absolutely no consequences to them for failing to do so...
 
2012-10-23 08:24:22 AM
People put their bags on theater floors why?

I always go to the afternoon shows, when there are plenty of empty seats. Room for my bag and my popcorn/drink tray.
 
2012-10-23 08:45:20 AM

To The Escape Zeppelin!: $70,000 in a weekend? Seems like you'd only need to do this maybe once or twice a year to be set. Sound's like he got greedy and got caught.


I think one would get caught, eventually, even if he did it once or twice a year.

max ten year sentence, out in 5 with good behaviour ?

I would be like fast and furious and collect as much as possible as fast as possible and squirrel it away, do your 5 years and live the good life.
 
2012-10-23 08:48:40 AM
OMG, we thought it was the Tingler!
 
2012-10-23 08:52:44 AM
rnatalie: [nowincolour.com image 640x358]

...foulness I can't imagine. Or maybe I just don't want to.


THIS
 
2012-10-23 09:01:00 AM
Kinda related, but not really...I've often wondered how much money one would find cleaning bars (especially nicer places) afterwards.
 
2012-10-23 09:23:22 AM

spman: I've worked at a movie theater in Connecticut for a decade none (not any of the ones mentioned in this article), and can't even fathom how this is possible. The aisles is the vast majority of theaters is barely big enough to walk through, how a person could crawl, go unnoticed, and sift through a woman's purse without being noticed is unfathomable to me.


Maybe he only did it at vampire themed films about teen-angst.
 
2012-10-23 09:35:07 AM
Mr. Coffee Nerves:

Oh, yeah? Well, every token I find while mopping the booths is MINE to KEEP

Liar. Those booths are NEVER mopped. The screens, buttons and knobs are never wiped either.
 
2012-10-23 10:07:01 AM

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: Would you carry 10 grand in cash around with you? So why carry a card worth that much?


Several reasons:
1. My liability is only $50 if it's stolen. And the last 3 times my card number (not card) was stolen, I wasn't liable for a cent.
2. It's not uncommon that I will spend $5k+ on a couple weeks of business travel. Paying by check is not a feasible option, and is actually far less secure. And if anything goes wrong, I want last minute airfare home in my pocket from anywhere I may be.
3. My liability is only $50. I know I've already said that, but it's such a HUGE point it's worth mentioning again. It's not carrying around $10,000, it's carrying around $50 (the most you can lose from unauthorized purchases).

Government regulations are awesome in this case. In the US, the banks by law are liable for fraudulent use of credit cards, ie stolen cards used to run up charges. This put the liability on the party that controls security. My card company is getting pretty good at detecting when my card number is stolen and shutting it down (and I've learned that if I'm buying something from Albania or traveling to India or something I should call them ahead of time and let them know).
 
2012-10-23 11:06:31 AM

Surpheon: $50 (the most you can lose from unauthorized purchases).


And, in practice, they almost never actually charge you even that much... So, your practical real life liability is $0.00...
 
2012-10-23 12:10:26 PM

DemoKnite: If we had chip and pin cards here the take would have been much, much smaller if there was any take at all.


That's the thing I don't understand either. I get the infrastructure changes would be considerable, however the anti-fraud benefits would have to make up a considerable portion of the one-time cost of changing magnetic swipe readers to chip readers. Hell, it seems I can't go 100 feet without running into a PayPass RFID scanner, and I think those are slightly less secure than the swipe readers.
 
2012-10-23 01:51:16 PM

Comic Book Guy: I get the infrastructure changes would be considerable, however the anti-fraud benefits would have to make up a considerable portion


My understanding is it's a split incentives problem. Currently, the people stuck eating a lot of the fraud charges are not the ones who would bear the majority of the cost of switching to smartcards. So, nothing changes.
 
2012-10-23 04:43:23 PM
This happened to a friend of mine in Boston a month or two ago. She and her boyfriend were in a theater that was empty except for some older ladies a few rows in front of them. Sometime during the movie someone snuck in and crawled beneath the rows and stole her purse. According to the CC company, the thief started charging immediately, while the movie was still running. The theater manager later found a paper bag with her other i.d. cards and her iphone in a paper bag on the counter in the bathroom later in the day. Wonder if it was this guy?
 
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