Criminals Whose Stupid Mistakes Got Them Caught

Bank employees' terror turned to perplexity when, in the summer of 1995, the behavior of the man robbing their Berlin bank appeared increasingly bizarre. When asked if he wanted a bag, the robber, Klaus Schmidt, shouted "You're damn right it's a real gun!" When Schmidt consistently failed to recognize audible cues, it became apparent to the bank employees that he was deaf. 

One employee tripped an alarm that was extremely loud, which Schmidt failed to notice. He continued about his business of committing the robbery, occasionally shouting threats such as "I am a trained killer!" Eventually the police showed up and arrested Schmidt. Amazingly, after the failed robbery, Schmidt filed a lawsuit against the bank for taking advantage of his disability. 

Read about nine more cases of criminals who weren't cut out for lives of crime in this Listverse article. 

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