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27th Jun '16 3:32:08 PM SeanMurrayI
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When it comes to committing a crime, (un)fortunately, not everyone is an expert... or even a professional. A good caper usually takes the talent and skill of the likes of a ClassyCatBurglar or even a PhantomThief to pull off, and you either have a knack for it or you don't. Those that don't have a knack for anything on that scale may think smaller, plan a less rewarding crime with fewer risks involved, and some people fail even at that.

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When it comes to committing a crime, (un)fortunately, not everyone is an expert... or even a professional. A good caper usually takes the talent and skill of the likes of a ClassyCatBurglar or even a PhantomThief to pull off, and you either have a knack for it or you don't. Those that don't have a knack for anything on that scale may think smaller, plan a less rewarding crime with fewer risks involved, and some people fail even at that.
27th Jun '16 11:27:34 AM nayru9572
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When it comes to committing crime, unfortunately, not everyone is an expert... or even a professional. A good caper usually takes the talent and skill of the likes of a ClassyCatBurglar or even a PhantomThief to pull off, and you either have a knack for it or you don't. Those that don't have a knack for anything on that scale may think smaller, plan a less rewarding crime with fewer risks involved, and some people fail even at that.

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When it comes to committing a crime, unfortunately, (un)fortunately, not everyone is an expert... or even a professional. A good caper usually takes the talent and skill of the likes of a ClassyCatBurglar or even a PhantomThief to pull off, and you either have a knack for it or you don't. Those that don't have a knack for anything on that scale may think smaller, plan a less rewarding crime with fewer risks involved, and some people fail even at that.
8th Jun '16 7:59:32 AM SeanMurrayI
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** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. First, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, that he very obviously doesn't have any money to be scammed of. After being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, but without memorizing the description of the car, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills leave much to be desired. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" in front of Tuco, [[BerserkButton angering him]]. If it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fates would have been anonymous, shallow graves in the wasteland.

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** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. First, they do pull it to off on Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, desired that he very obviously doesn't have any money to be scammed of. After being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, but without memorizing the description of the car, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills leave much to be desired. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" in front of Tuco, [[BerserkButton angering him]]. If it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fates would have been anonymous, shallow graves in the wasteland.
8th Jun '16 7:57:56 AM SeanMurrayI
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** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. First, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, that he very ''[[FailedASpotCheck obviously and clearly]]'' doesn't have any money to be scammed of. After being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, but without memorizing the description of the car, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills leave much to be desired. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" in front of Tuco, [[BerserkButton angering him]]. If it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fates would have been anonymous, shallow graves in the wasteland.

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** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. First, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, that he very ''[[FailedASpotCheck obviously and clearly]]'' doesn't have any money to be scammed of. After being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, but without memorizing the description of the car, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills leave much to be desired. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" in front of Tuco, [[BerserkButton angering him]]. If it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fates would have been anonymous, shallow graves in the wasteland.
8th Jun '16 7:56:19 AM SeanMurrayI
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* The Dutch comedy show ''Series/{{Koefnoen}}'' had a series of sketches titled ''Poorly Organized Crime''. It featured a gang engaged in all manner of criminal enterprises, and screwing them up every time. Examples include a diamond heist where they mix up the diamond and the fake they planned to leave in its place, making a randsom demand while having no plan on where and how the ransom should be delivered, or being tasked to steal a modern art piece titled "No title" and realizing there are several paintings without a title and not knowing which to steal. OncePerEpisode, one of their members would get killed by accident.

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* The Dutch comedy show ''Series/{{Koefnoen}}'' had a series of sketches titled ''Poorly Organized Crime''. It featured a gang engaged in all manner of criminal enterprises, and screwing them up every time. Examples include a diamond heist where they mix up the diamond and the fake they planned to leave in its place, making a randsom ransom demand while having no plan on where and how the ransom should be delivered, or being tasked to steal a modern art piece titled "No title" and realizing there are several paintings without a title and not knowing which to steal. OncePerEpisode, one of their members would get killed by accident.



* Quite a few stupid crooks show up in the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul''... which is a given, considering that at this point, the not-yet-Saul, Jimmy [=McGill=], ''isn't'' involved with the major, high-rolling criminals he later handles in ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Jimmy's clients in the series premiere broke into a mortuary, cut the head off a corpse... and, then had sex with it. On top of that blatantly squicktastic idiocy, they made a video of the whole event. The prosecutor only needs to play the tape as his closing statement to get them sent to jail.
** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. Firstly, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, that he very ''[[FailedASpotCheck obviously and clearly]]'' doesn't have any money to be scammed of. They then compound this blindness after being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, because they fail to memorize the description of the car. Thus, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills go out the window, if they were even in the room to start with. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" -- [[BerserkButton in front of him]]. Seriously, if it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fates would have been anonymous, shallow graves in wasteland.

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* Quite a few stupid crooks show up in the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul''... ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', which is a given, considering that at this point, the not-yet-Saul, Jimmy [=McGill=], ''isn't'' isn't involved with the major, high-rolling criminals he later handles in ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Jimmy's clients in the series premiere broke into a mortuary, cut the head off a corpse... and, corpse, and then had sex with it. On top of that blatantly squicktastic idiocy, that, they made a video of the whole event. The prosecutor only needs to play the tape as his closing statement to get them sent to jail.
** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. Firstly, First, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, that he very ''[[FailedASpotCheck obviously and clearly]]'' doesn't have any money to be scammed of. They then compound this blindness after After being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, because they fail to memorize but without memorizing the description of the car. Thus, car, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills go out the window, if they were even in the room leave much to start with. be desired. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" -- in front of Tuco, [[BerserkButton in front of angering him]]. Seriously, if If it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fates would have been anonymous, shallow graves in the wasteland.



** After Nacho gets arrested for supposedly getting involved in the aforementioned "kidnapping", Nacho threatens Jimmy for supposedly ratting on him. Jimmy then responds by pointing all the elementary mistakes Nacho made out to him; like using ''his own van'' in staking out the Kettlemans' house, getting spotted by a neighbor (in a clearly-marked Neighborhood Watch zone, no less), and failing to clean the blood (from the skaters) from out the back of his van, which then gave the cops the probable cause to arrest him and start to dig into his activities. He essentially framed himself for a crime he had not yet committed.
** Mike's former client, Daniel Warmolt (a wormy little bald guy who sells pharmaceuticals to drug dealers), invites Nacho inside his car during a meet. Which allows Nacho to find his address. Which then later allows him to break in and trash the place to take Daniel's stock, drug money and anything else he fancies. Even dumber, our man Dan then proceeds to call the police for help to find his baseball cards, of all things. They precede to easily find where he hid his money and start a highly inconvenient investigation.

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** After Nacho gets arrested for supposedly getting involved in the aforementioned "kidnapping", Nacho threatens Jimmy for supposedly ratting on him. Jimmy then responds by pointing out all the elementary mistakes Nacho made out to him; made, like using ''his his own van'' van in staking out the Kettlemans' house, getting spotted by a neighbor (in a clearly-marked Neighborhood Watch zone, no less), zone), and failing to clean the blood (from the skaters) from out the back of his van, which then gave the cops the probable cause to arrest him and start to dig into his activities. He essentially framed himself for a crime he had not yet committed.
** Mike's former client, Daniel Warmolt (a wormy little bald guy who sells pharmaceuticals to drug dealers), invites Nacho inside his car during a meet. Which meet, which allows Nacho to find his address. Which then address and later allows him to break in and trash the his place to and take Daniel's stock, drug money money, and anything else he fancies. Even dumber, our man Dan then proceeds to call the police for help to find his baseball cards, of all things. They precede to police, who easily find where he hid hides his money and start begin a highly inconvenient investigation.
8th Jun '16 2:12:16 AM Euodiachloris
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* Quite a few stupid crooks show up in the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', which is a given considering that at this point, Saul, then Jimmy [=McGill=], wasn't involved yet with the major criminals he handles in ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Jimmy's clients in the series premiere broke into a mortuary, cut off the head off a corpse and then had sex with it. On top of it, they made a video of the whole event. The prosecutor only needs to play the tape as his closing statement to get them sent to jail.
** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. Firstly, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, that he very ''[[FailedASpotCheck obviously and clearly]]'' doesn't have any money to be scammed of. They then compound this blindness after being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, because they fail to memorize the description of the car. Thus, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills go on to leave much to be desired. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" -- [[BerserkButton in front of him]]. Seriously, if it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fate would have been anonymous shallow graves in wasteland.

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* Quite a few stupid crooks show up in the first season of ''Series/BetterCallSaul'', ''Series/BetterCallSaul''... which is a given given, considering that at this point, Saul, then the not-yet-Saul, Jimmy [=McGill=], wasn't ''isn't'' involved yet with the major major, high-rolling criminals he later handles in ''Series/BreakingBad'':
** Jimmy's clients in the series premiere broke into a mortuary, cut off the head off a corpse and corpse... and, then had sex with it. On top of it, that blatantly squicktastic idiocy, they made a video of the whole event. The prosecutor only needs to play the tape as his closing statement to get them sent to jail.
** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. Firstly, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desired, that he very ''[[FailedASpotCheck obviously and clearly]]'' doesn't have any money to be scammed of. They then compound this blindness after being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, because they fail to memorize the description of the car. Thus, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills go on out the window, if they were even in the room to leave much to be desired.start with. They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch" -- [[BerserkButton in front of him]]. Seriously, if it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fate fates would have been anonymous anonymous, shallow graves in wasteland.



** After Nacho gets arrested for supposedly getting involved in the aforementioned 'kidnapping', Nacho threatens Jimmy for supposedly ratting on him. Jimmy responds by pointing all the elementary mistakes Nacho made out, like using his own van in staking out the Kettlemans' house and getting spotted by a neighbor, and failing to clean the blood (from the skaters) out of the back of his van which gave the cops the probable cause to arrest him and start to dig into his activities. He essentially framed himself for a crime he had not yet committed.
** Mike's former client, Daniel Warmolt (a wormy little bald guy who sells pharmaceuticals to drug dealers), invites Nacho inside his car during a meet. Which allows Nacho to find his address. Which then later allows him to break in and trash the place to take his stock, drug money and anything else he fancies. Even dumber, he then proceeds to call the police for help to find his baseball cards, of all things. They precede to easily find where he hid his money and start a highly inconvenient investigation.

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** After Nacho gets arrested for supposedly getting involved in the aforementioned 'kidnapping', "kidnapping", Nacho threatens Jimmy for supposedly ratting on him. Jimmy then responds by pointing all the elementary mistakes Nacho made out, out to him; like using his ''his own van van'' in staking out the Kettlemans' house and house, getting spotted by a neighbor, neighbor (in a clearly-marked Neighborhood Watch zone, no less), and failing to clean the blood (from the skaters) from out of the back of his van van, which then gave the cops the probable cause to arrest him and start to dig into his activities. He essentially framed himself for a crime he had not yet committed.
** Mike's former client, Daniel Warmolt (a wormy little bald guy who sells pharmaceuticals to drug dealers), invites Nacho inside his car during a meet. Which allows Nacho to find his address. Which then later allows him to break in and trash the place to take his Daniel's stock, drug money and anything else he fancies. Even dumber, he our man Dan then proceeds to call the police for help to find his baseball cards, of all things. They precede to easily find where he hid his money and start a highly inconvenient investigation.
8th Jun '16 1:58:46 AM Euodiachloris
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** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. First they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desirede that he very obviously doesn't have any money to scam. They then are enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, but because they fail to memorize the description of the car, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother. Then, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills leave much to be desired. And they make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch." Seriously, if it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fate would have been shallow graves.
** The Kettlemans. After embezzling more than $1.6 million in county funds, they stage their own kidnapping and flee into the woods near their home. They clearly had no plan beyond that and things could have gone very tragic if Jimmy did not find them. On top of that, they did an awful job covering up the fact that they embezzled the money with tactics such as writing government checks to themselves to falsely claim it. Jimmy later lampshades this to Mike and tells him that he thought that criminals would be smarter than that.
** After Nacho gets arrested for supposedly getting involved in the aforementioned 'kidnapping', Nacho threatens Jimmy for supposedly ratting on him. Jimmy responds by pointing all the elementary mistakes Nacho made, like using his own van in staking out the Kettlemans' house and getting spotted by a neighbor, and failing to clean the blood (from the skaters) out of the back of his van which gave the cops the probable cause to arrest him and start to dig into his activities. He essentially framed himself for a crime he has not yet committed.
** Mike's former client Daniel Warmolt, a wormy little bald guy who sells pharmaceuticals to drug dealers, invites Nacho inside his car during a meet, which allows Nacho to find his address, then later trash the place and take his stock and drug money. Even dumber, he then proceeds to call the police for help, who easily find where he hid his money.

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** The first episodes has two brothers who try to scam motorists [[{{Flopsy}} by throwing themselves in front of cars and faking injuries]]. First Firstly, they do it to Jimmy, whose [[TheAllegedCar beat-up Suzuki Esteem]] leaves so much to be desirede desired, that he very ''[[FailedASpotCheck obviously and clearly]]'' doesn't have any money to scam. be scammed of. They then are compound this blindness after being enlisted by Jimmy to stage one of their stunts on a client he's interested in obtaining, but because they fail to memorize the description of the car, car. Thus, they instead end up targeting [[AxeCrazy Tuco Salamanca]]'s grandmother. Then, grandmother by accident. After following her, their cultural sensitivity and people-reading skills go on to leave much to be desired. And they They make the mistake of calling Tuco's grandmother a "bizznatch." "bizznatch" -- [[BerserkButton in front of him]]. Seriously, if it weren't for Jimmy managing to successfully talk Tuco down from killing them to just breaking a leg on each of them, their fate would have been anonymous shallow graves.graves in wasteland.
** The Kettlemans. After embezzling more than $1.6 million in county funds, they stage their own kidnapping and flee into the woods near their home. home with their children in tow. They clearly had no plan beyond that and things could have gone very tragic tragically if Jimmy did had not find found them. On top of that, they did an awful job covering up the fact that they embezzled the money with tactics such as writing government checks to themselves to falsely claim it. Jimmy later lampshades this to Mike and tells him that he thought that criminals would be smarter than that.
** After Nacho gets arrested for supposedly getting involved in the aforementioned 'kidnapping', Nacho threatens Jimmy for supposedly ratting on him. Jimmy responds by pointing all the elementary mistakes Nacho made, made out, like using his own van in staking out the Kettlemans' house and getting spotted by a neighbor, and failing to clean the blood (from the skaters) out of the back of his van which gave the cops the probable cause to arrest him and start to dig into his activities. He essentially framed himself for a crime he has had not yet committed.
** Mike's former client client, Daniel Warmolt, a Warmolt (a wormy little bald guy who sells pharmaceuticals to drug dealers, dealers), invites Nacho inside his car during a meet, which meet. Which allows Nacho to find his address, address. Which then later allows him to break in and trash the place and to take his stock and stock, drug money. money and anything else he fancies. Even dumber, he then proceeds to call the police for help, who help to find his baseball cards, of all things. They precede to easily find where he hid his money.money and start a highly inconvenient investigation.
21st Apr '16 7:56:04 AM Jake18
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* The burglars in the Brinks Home Security (later Broadview Security) commercials for some reason never check to see if the occupants of the house are away or asleep before breaking in. An especially painful example involves a burglar attempting to break in ''right after seeing the father enter the house''.
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11th Apr '16 7:29:45 AM SeanMurrayI
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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 (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 a ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' cartoon where two bumbling criminals kidnap Tommy 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]].
10th Apr '16 2:51:22 PM ngh93
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* Observed in a ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' cartoon where two bumbling criminals kidnap Tommy and hold him for ransom after they get 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 ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' cartoon where two bumbling criminals kidnap Tommy and hold mistakenly believing him for ransom after they get to be the son of a billionaire (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]].
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