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Mexicans Have an Ingenious Solution to Armed Robberies

Commuters in Mexico have a very big problem: armed robberies. These robberies happen all the time and have since become common in the Mexican streets. We know what happens typically in a robbery: armed men get in the bus, and demand the passengers and the driver to hand over their phones and their money, or else they will get harmed. Of course, the commuters know that they can’t let their phones be handed over, and so they made an ingenious solution: they bought fake cellphones to hand over to the robbers.

Costing 300 to 500 pesos apiece — the equivalent of $15 to $25 — the “dummies” are sophisticated fakes: They have a startup screen and bodies that are dead ringers for the originals, and inside there is a piece of metal to give the phone the heft of the real article.
That comes in handy when trying to fool trigger-happy bandits who regularly attack the buses, big and small, that ferry people from the poorer outlying suburbs to jobs in the city center.

What are your thoughts on this one?

(Image Credit: AP Photo/ Eduardo Verdugo)


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How about a phone-shaped grenade that goes off one minute after you 'test' it? The bad-guys get away safe, then try out their loot, and, no more problem!
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