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!


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? :)

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.