Death By Condom Machine

Three men decided to boost a condom machine and blow it open to get at the condoms, and presumably, the money inside. They set up the blast and ran to their vehicle for cover. Unfortunately the last guy in the car did not get his door shut in time and was struck in the head by a piece of the machine when it blew up. He later died at the hospital, Darwin Award.
     Posted By: patty - Mon Dec 28, 2015
     Category: Accidents | Goofs and Screw-ups | Crime | Stupid Criminals | Death

Nature had CONDEMmed him to death.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/28/15 at 10:57 PM
Schnapps and explosive don't mix. I'm assuming; it was Christmas day.
Posted by BMN on 12/29/15 at 01:26 AM
As bad as some kid here. He robbed a pizza place of a whopping $42 and then stood behind it while police arrived. He was chased and was found with his gun under him. He could have sold his gun for more money.
Posted by BrokeDad in Midwest US on 12/29/15 at 01:39 AM
Using explosives to commit a crime and felony murder -- I doubt they'd have been released so quickly if it happened here.
Posted by Phideaux on 12/29/15 at 02:13 AM
Apparently life's cheap in Germany Phideaux. 😉
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/29/15 at 02:30 AM
How does that quote go? "There is no problem that cannot be solved by the proper application of high explosives."

"Proper" is the key word, however.
Posted by KDP on 12/29/15 at 08:32 AM
Too bad he didn't have protection, but there was plenty available after the explosion.
Posted by gfoster on 12/29/15 at 05:30 PM
Phideaux: I don't think having your accomplice Darwinating himself counts as murder (or felony murder, or manslaughter), over here. After all, he wasn't an innocent bystander. The "victim" chose to do this himself.
Posted by Richard Bos on 12/30/15 at 06:02 AM
I think the quote is "When in doubt: C4."
Posted by Virtual on 12/30/15 at 03:19 PM
@Richard Bos -- As I understand it, felony murder in the US is when anyone dies during the commission of a crime. It can be an innocent bystander, an intended victim, or one of the gang.
Posted by Phideaux on 12/30/15 at 06:49 PM
That's exactly right Phideaux. The idea is that if the crime was not committed the death would not have happened either.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/30/15 at 07:42 PM
Whereas over here the idea is that if he hadn't chosen to commit the crime yourself, he wouldn't have been there to get killed. When all is said and done, the only person responsible for his being at the scene of a crime gone wrong was he himself. If it had been an innocent bystander who got killed, that would've been a different story altogether. AIUI there are different rules for when one criminal intentionally, e.g., draws a gun on his "colleague", but that's not what happened here - this was an accident at work, and he's his own employer.
Posted by Richard Bos on 12/31/15 at 07:51 AM
Let's just call it "workplace violence".
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/31/15 at 08:14 AM
I think the idea here is everyone is responsible for whatever they're a part of. If a guard shoots a bank robber, the getaway driver sitting outside bears some responsibility because if he had refused to commit a crime, the attempt wouldn't have been made, and his friend wouldn't have died.

Like so many laws here, it's mostly just a bargaining chip for prosecutors -- they offer to take the felony murder charge off the table if a suspect will plead guilty to everything else. I think they only press for it when the case is a slam-dunk, and then it's to send a message to would-be criminals that even a 'simple' robbery can land you in jail for life.
Posted by Phideaux on 12/31/15 at 10:08 AM
Why is the condom machine outside? Is it a park frequented by prostitutes or gays?
Posted by RobK on 01/13/16 at 12:21 PM
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