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30th Apr '17 11:15:58 AM nombretomado
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* Stupid Crooks are a very popular topic among late night talk show hosts, especially [[TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]. Whenever Jay does his "Headlines" segment, you can always expect at least one story about a dumb criminal to crop up.

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* Stupid Crooks are a very popular topic among late night talk show hosts, especially [[TheTonightShow [[Series/TheTonightShow Jay Leno]]. Whenever Jay does his "Headlines" segment, you can always expect at least one story about a dumb criminal to crop up.
24th Mar '17 12:43:49 PM SeanMurrayI
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* Observed in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Ruthless Tommy", where two bumbling criminals kidnap Tommy, mistakenly believing him to be the son of a billionaire (due to them getting their ''real'' target's house address wrong). Even then, [[PityTheKidnapper the one-year-old baby becomes too much for the two idiots to handle]] so fast that they end up returning Tommy back to his parents ''before they even realized Tommy had been missing''. However, as the crooks leave, their ransom note flies out of Stu's hands and [[LaserGuidedKarma covers one of the crook's head, causing him to crash into a hydrant, and send both of them flying headfirst into the back window of a police car]].

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* Observed in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Ruthless Tommy", where two bumbling criminals kidnap Tommy, mistakenly believing him to be the son of a billionaire (due to them after getting their ''real'' target's house address wrong). wrong. Even then, [[PityTheKidnapper the one-year-old baby becomes too much for the two idiots to handle]] so fast that they end up returning Tommy back to his parents ''before before they even realized Tommy had been missing''.missing. However, as the crooks leave, their ransom note flies out of Stu's hands and [[LaserGuidedKarma covers one of the crook's head, causing him to crash into a hydrant, and send both of them flying headfirst into the back window of a police car]].
24th Mar '17 9:34:25 AM ngh93
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* Observed in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' cartoon where two bumbling criminals kidnap Tommy, mistakenly believing him to be the son of a billionaire after getting their ''real'' target's house address wrong. Even then, [[PityTheKidnapper the one-year-old baby becomes too much for the two idiots to handle]] so fast that they end up returning Tommy back to his parents before they even realized Tommy had been missing. However, as the crooks leave, their ransom note flies out of Stu's hands and [[LaserGuidedKarma covers one of the crook's head, causing him to crash into a hydrant, and send both of them flying headfirst into the back window of a police car]].

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* Observed in a the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' cartoon episode "Ruthless Tommy", where two bumbling criminals kidnap Tommy, mistakenly believing him to be the son of a billionaire after (due to them getting their ''real'' target's house address wrong. wrong). Even then, [[PityTheKidnapper the one-year-old baby becomes too much for the two idiots to handle]] so fast that they end up returning Tommy back to his parents before ''before they even realized Tommy had been missing.missing''. However, as the crooks leave, their ransom note flies out of Stu's hands and [[LaserGuidedKarma covers one of the crook's head, causing him to crash into a hydrant, and send both of them flying headfirst into the back window of a police car]].
4th Feb '17 10:52:50 PM SeanMurrayI
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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' has Jason Mendoza, [[spoiler:also known as Jianyu.]] Among other impulsive crimes, at one point he attempted to stage a burglary by hiding in an '''airtight''' safe and having his friend, Pillboi, enter a restaurant (unannounced) under the pretense of installing it. [[spoiler:Needless to say, this is what sent him to the afterlife.]]

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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' has Jason Mendoza, [[spoiler:also known as Jianyu.]] Among other impulsive crimes, at one point he attempted to stage a burglary by hiding in an '''airtight''' airtight safe and having his friend, Pillboi, enter a restaurant (unannounced) under the pretense of installing it. [[spoiler:Needless to say, this is what sent him to the afterlife.]]
4th Feb '17 7:24:21 PM MrGuy
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* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' has Jason Mendoza, [[spoiler:also known as Jianyu.]] Among other impulsive crimes, at one point he attempted to stage a burglary by hiding in an '''airtight''' safe and having his friend, Pillboi, enter a restaurant (unannounced) under the pretense of installing it. [[spoiler:Needless to say, this is what sent him to the afterlife.]]
2nd Feb '17 7:00:17 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[TheNowShow Punt and Dennis]]'s "It's Been A Bad Week" often has 'dumb criminal' examples, usually stories either from [[OnlyInFlorida Florida or Germany]].

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* [[TheNowShow [[Radio/TheNowShow Punt and Dennis]]'s "It's Been A Bad Week" often has 'dumb criminal' examples, usually stories either from [[OnlyInFlorida Florida or Germany]].
8th Jan '17 2:20:56 PM SeanMurrayI
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* The ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse has the Beagle Boys: while they pose a danger from time to time, they are invariably idiots who, in one occasion, were caught by Scrooge's Money Bin. Not by Scrooge, his guards or some traps, ''the building'' (even Scrooge had trouble believing it at first, and thought he had been allucinating from lack of sleep 'till he noticed the one who knocked himself out on his bed lamp).

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* The ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse has the Beagle Boys: while Boys. While they pose a danger from time to time, they are invariably idiots who, in on one occasion, were caught by Scrooge's Money Bin. Not by Scrooge, his guards guards, or some traps, ''the traps--''the building'' (even Scrooge had trouble believing it at first, and thought he had been allucinating hallucinating from lack of sleep 'till until he noticed the one who knocked himself out on his bed lamp).
8th Jan '17 12:23:40 PM EDP
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* The ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse has the Beagle Boys: while they pose a danger from time to time, they are invariably idiots who, in one occasion, were caught by Scrooge's Money Bin. Not by Scrooge, his guards or some traps, ''the building'' (even Scrooge had trouble believing it at first, and thought he had been allucinating from lack of sleep 'till he noticed the one who knocked himself out on his bed lamp).
1st Jan '17 11:40:41 AM SeanMurrayI
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* Sonny in ''Film/DogDayAfternoon''. He robs a bank in broad daylight and waits until after the money shipment has left the bank(to be fair to him, it's indicated that he was mistaken about the time this was supposed to happen), doesn't wear a mask or gloves, only thinks to paint over the cameras part-way through (and is too short to reach most of them, anyway), announces to his hostages that he served in Vietnam and was a bank teller at one point in his life and uses his and his partners' their real names (so even if it had gone as planned they would have been caught immediately), burns the traveler's cheque registry which alerts the bank's neighbours to something happening inside, doesn't take into account one of his partner's mental stability or the possibility of his other partner getting cold feet and leaving short-handed, doesn't look into the bank's floorplan and doesn't consider the possibility of a hostage situation or a stand-off with police. In fact, if he had arrived before the shipment left, he likely would have been shot be the armoured car guards.

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* Sonny in ''Film/DogDayAfternoon''. He robs a bank in broad daylight and waits until after the money shipment has left the bank(to be fair to him, it's indicated that he was mistaken about the time this was supposed to happen), doesn't wear a mask or gloves, only thinks to paint over the cameras part-way through (and is too short to reach most of them, anyway), announces to his hostages that he served in Vietnam and was a bank teller at one point in his life and uses his and his partners' their real names (so even if it had gone as planned they would have been caught immediately), burns the traveler's cheque registry which alerts the bank's neighbours neighbors to something happening inside, doesn't take into account one of his partner's mental stability or the possibility of his other partner getting cold feet and leaving short-handed, doesn't look into the bank's floorplan floor plan and doesn't consider the possibility of a hostage situation or a stand-off with police. In fact, if he had arrived before the shipment left, he likely would have been shot be the armoured armored car guards.
31st Dec '16 12:11:33 PM SeanMurrayI
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* The trio of human traffickers from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' are a case in which this is ''not'' PlayedForLaughs, since they're the reason why Mikasa is an orphan. In an attempt to kidnap the last known surviving woman of Asian descent (Mikasa's mother), they kill Mikasa's father, and when Mikasa's mother resists in order to protect her daughter, they kill her in the struggle. The three men spirit Mikasa away, but Eren, [[TroublingUnchildikBehavior then a young boy, tracks them down and kills two of them]], while Mikasa kills the last one when he tries to kill Eren. [[AllThereInTheManual The official guide book]] describes them as an incompetent bunch who didn't know each other well prior to the job.
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