Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Today's Weirdest News

This was my favorite money-related story from today's New York Times:

Corpse Wheeled to Check-Cashing Store Leads to 2 Arrests

Even for the once-notorious Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, it may have been a first: Two men were arrested on Tuesday after pushing a corpse, seated in an office chair, along the sidewalk to a check-cashing store to cash the dead man’s Social Security check, the police said.

When Virgilio Cintron, 66, died at his apartment at 436 West 52nd Street recently, his roommate and a friend saw an opportunity to cash his $355 check, the police said.

They did not go about it the easy way, the police said, choosing a ruse that resembled the plot of “Weekend at Bernie’s,” a film about two young men who prop up their dead employer to pretend that he is alive.

“Hell’s Kitchen has a rich history,” said Paul J. Browne, a police spokesman, “but this is one for the books.”

There was no sign of foul play in Mr. Cintron’s death, he added.
Nice try, guys!

5 comments:

VixenOnABudget said...

Seriously? Like really? What were these people thinking?

Money Blue Book said...

So did one of them get the girl at the end like in the movie? :)
-Raymond

Anonymous said...

Bronx Chica- yes I had read that in the NY Post...hilarious! I can't believe how badly they wanted that $355 dollars.

RacerX said...

Wekkend at Bernies III - Hell's Kitchen Starring Jessica Simpson and striaght to DVD :)

PT said...

Wow. I saw this title on Blog Rush and had to get over here. I heard about this story. Sadly, they were using one of those quick check cash places. Reminds me of Weekend at Bernie's. So crazy.