Off­beat ca­pers

> Here are some amaz­ing get­aways and odd es­cape tales to brighten your day

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didn’t even need to spend a cent for a get­away car.

Some­one read­ing over my shoul­der [go away!] has just re­ferred me to a case from Kent in the UK in 2008.

In that in­ci­dent, the rob­bers had a reg­u­lar get­away car, but used a driver who just didn’t have the right mind­set for a get­away car driver.

They were only about 250m from the place they’d raided when a traf­fic light turned red.

The driver stopped the car and po­litely in­di­cated right to show pur­suers which way they were go­ing. Nat­u­rally, they were caught within min­utes.

Also in 2008 was a case in Malaysia where rob­bers used a get­away car that was way too small for all the money they had stolen.

And there was an­other case in 2012 ib Texas where a bank cus­tomer got so scared dur­ing an armed rob­bery that she ran out­side and drove away in the first car she could find – which turned out to be the rob­bers’ get­away car.

But go­ing back to es­cap­ing on foot, a long run through the cen­tre of any city will boost your score on Poke­mon Go – and pro­vide good op­por­tu­ni­ties to dis­tract po­lice of­fi­cers chas­ing you.

Rob­ber, glanc­ing at smart­phone screen: “Oh my good­ness, there’s a leg­endary Ar­ti­c­uno, a Poke­mon which has never been caught.”

Cop: “Where? I mean, stop, thief!” [Cops slow down and pull out phones.]

Now if you’ll ex­cuse me, I need to take a taxi to work, wav­ing my fit­ness band out of the win­dow all the way.

Nury Vit­tachi is an Asia-based fre­quent trav­eller. Send ideas and com­ments to life­style.nury@ the­sundaily.com.

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