toraque: Well, he convinced the judge he's a changed man./punchline of my rejected headline
SpdrJay: It would have been funnier if they had only made him pay back a quarter of it.
cretinbob: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 300x180]
WhyKnot: how does thief gets to keep the stolen property?how does this discourage other thieves?
WhyKnot: how does this discourage other thieves?
MrTDGoodrich: For those interested: per Wolfram Alpha that's about 10 tons of quarters.//Mass of a US quarter is 5.27 grams
Earthworm Jim Jones: It would be even better the judge made him roll it all and THEN return it.
reported: How do you spend/save that amount of quarters? It seems to me that if you went to your local bank on a regular basis with bucketsful of quarters to deposit in your personal account the bank would report such suspicious activity to the authorities. And quarters aren't practical for cash purchases of anything more expensive than lunch off the dollar menu. My guess is he had a partner who owned a business like a vending machine company or convenience store who would launder the money in exchange for a substantial kickback.
olddinosaur: That works out to about 29,000 pounds I would be interested in seeing how he managed to carry it off, and how he disposed of it once he stole it. You have to admit, carrying 500 Lb. of quarters to the bank every week is a little suspicious.
TheMega: $460,000 in quarters.... GAWD that would have been fun as a kid in the arcades.
Nutsac_Jim: Why not use credit cards for the meters. You only need one meter for every 10 or so spaces.
lelio: Guy in the comments nails it:My theory is that Tom is taking the fall for a bunch of people. I bet taking quarters was a rampant problem, he got caught and took the hit for everyone. He plead guilty to taking $460,000 over three different occasions. It's just not physically possible. A million quarters takes some real big pockets to carry.
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