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(Independent)   Man who stole 40,000 coat hangers continues to run rings around prosecution lawyer   ( independent.co.uk) divider line
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2002-10-23 10:07:48 AM  
Well businesses are so competitive these days, you've got to expect something like this from a mail-order abortion clinic. How do you expect to stay alive in the marketplace with out keeping your costs down?

*runs away, covering head*
2002-10-23 03:51:57 PM  
Talk about your "hang-ups"...
2002-10-23 03:53:14 PM  
"Counsel: Are you seriously suggesting that there are people who prefer hotel life to home life?

Chrysler: Certainly. A lot of businessmen would never go home if they had the chance. So when they get home they like to recreate the hotel experience in their own house."

Honey, would you mind going over to your mother's house tonight with the children ? I'd like to call an escort service this evening.

2002-10-23 03:53:24 PM  
Who could possibly need 40000 coat hangers. Who wants to put money on this guy working for some big deparment store chain such as berlington coat factory?
2002-10-23 03:58:13 PM  
2002-10-23 03:58:29 PM  
Hmmm...IDontKnow. Maybe you would if you read the article. :)
2002-10-23 04:00:27 PM  
I don't see how any of this constitutes any kind of legal defense. So he couldn't find the hangers anyplace else. Boo Farking Hoo. He does not get the right to steal. The hotels must buy them or make them from somewhere.
2002-10-23 04:02:47 PM  
The first part is more entertaining

Counsel: Yes, m'lud. Now, Mr Chrysler, perhaps you will describe what reason you had to steal 40,000 coat hangers?

Chrysler: Is that a question?

Counsel: Yes.

Chrysler: It doesn't sound like one. It sounds like a proposition which doesn't believe in itself. You know - "Perhaps I will describe the reason I had to steal 40,000 coat hangers... Perhaps I won't... Perhaps I'll sing a little song instead..."

2002-10-23 04:03:50 PM  
With the sincerest faith in my heterosexuality, I must proclaim that I love this man.
2002-10-23 04:05:47 PM  
This is the most hilarious thing I've read in a while. I haven't seen tapdancing like that since I saw Bound, and that was a movie. :^)
2002-10-23 04:09:32 PM  
Gawd I love the English.. they can be such smart-asses. So lovely.
2002-10-23 04:11:23 PM  
yes, I get so ticked off at retailers these days.

In the old days, you bought a shirt, you got the hanger with it. When my mom worked retail, they practically needed to give the things away.

Things have changed.

For a while, I was like, if you don't give me the hanger, I guess I really don't want the shirt, because it would just sit on the floor getting wrinkled seeing as I don't have a hanger to hang it on.

But I eventually gave in and started to buy my own hangers, it's alot easier when they all match. Especially when I can buy 20 of the plastic ones for $1.
2002-10-23 04:11:36 PM  
Well I could certainly use 40,000 coat hangers.

And yes, I did read the article.
2002-10-23 04:22:14 PM  
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2002-10-23 04:33:39 PM  
Y'know, I'm still not sure if that was real or satire, nut it was damned funny.

2002-10-23 04:46:02 PM  
I'd give him a pass on the creativity of his defense and making the barrister look like a moron.
2002-10-23 04:52:28 PM  
hard to believe that's real, maybe in england the courts are a bit more friendly. Either way he's not running circles around the barrister, he's even called what he's done stealing. But he seems to be having a lot of fun with it :)
2002-10-23 05:00:05 PM  
Otoscope: But he needed those hangars! The hotels can afford it, so why shouldn't he be able to take them? His need certainly surpasses anything as passe as property, right?


The governments do the same thing, why shouldn't his case succeed?
2002-10-23 05:00:20 PM  
The first excerpt was funnier. This Chrysler guy would be in ass-pounding prison if he was being tried in the USA.
2002-10-23 06:57:52 PM  
This guy is my farking hero.
2002-10-23 07:32:14 PM  
Counsel: Are you serious when you say that clients of yours drink from their own minibars in their own bedrooms in their own homes?

Chrysler: Certainly. And just as in a hotel, they grumble about the price and size of the bottles, and the absence of ice.

Counsel: So why don't they get a proper fridge in their bedroom?

Chrysler : Because then it wouldn't be like a hotel.
2002-10-23 08:00:45 PM  
This to great. Anybody have any ideas on how we can get a complete copy of the transcripts of this?
2002-10-23 08:10:46 PM  
Should have "hero" tag. That guy is cool!
2002-10-23 09:15:26 PM  
This is straight out of Farking Monty Python.
2002-10-23 09:30:29 PM  
the prosecution will never be able to hang the rap on this guy...
2002-10-23 09:37:32 PM  
I saw this on http://www.infoshop.org this morning. I think we have a classic here. Anybody know where the rest of the transcript can be found?
2002-10-23 10:18:43 PM  
This is fake. Absolutely.
2002-10-23 10:46:15 PM  

Don't be provincial, this is classic British action. There's no doubt it's real.

And I bow at the feet of Mr. Chrysler
2002-10-23 11:17:28 PM  
it also sounds a lot like the verbal exchanges between Patrick Star, Squidward Tentacles and SpongeBob SP.
2002-10-23 11:39:25 PM  
Aargh! The Googles do nothing! I've been searching for high court transcripts for the last hour to no avail.

Do we have anyone with access to Westlaw or the like to get more?
2002-10-24 04:00:33 AM  
Alas, it's by Mr. Kington, who is trying to be either "Beachcomber" or "Myles n'aGophaleen" but isn't as talented as either...
2002-10-24 06:43:55 AM  
Doesn't anyone realise that this is just a leg-pull. If it had the name "Dave Barry" at the top, would that give a clue. Further clue: There's no barrister of that name listed in the "Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession 2000-2001".
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