Christine Ruther - a craving for Walnut Whips drove her into the arms of crime
In the heist of a sweet shop called Minges and Son (FOR REAL!) police in Cincinnati recently followed a helpful trail of candy and discarded wrappers that the half-witted thieves had discarded, leading them directly to the suspects.
Nineteen year old Christine Ruther had her 7-week-old daughter with her when she and three others broke into Peter Minges & Son candy store on Thursday. They are accused of taking about $400 (£203) worth of sweets.
They reportedly used the baby's pushchair to transport their loot away from Minges. The group was arrested a few blocks away. This story made me cry with laughter. Until I remembered I'd had a similar brush with the law when I was fifteen and had a Saturday job in a fancy schmanzy chocolate store in Hampstead High Street. The chocs were all hand made in the back of the shop and chocolate ran out of pipes a la Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It was a fantastic lark. There was just one problem with the job. I was a greedy pig and the fumes of chocolate went to my head. I used to wear a big anorak to work and stuff it full of these yummy chocolates before I left for home. And one day I overstuffed the coat and, if memory serves me correctly, left a trail of chocolates behind me all the way down the street. I believe that was the reason I was 'let go', but it might simply have been that I ate my weight in chocolates every Saturday, so even though they were only paying me something like 14 pounds a day they were losing money hand over fist!
I don't suppose any of you will admit to any behavior more stupid than that, will you?
Who am I? Displaced Londoner now living in the States with my two little girlies and long suffering husband. Co-author of hilarious parenting book Cocktails at Naptime www.cocktailsatnaptime.com
My mom's an Austrian, my dad's a Brit, which makes me a Britaustrian, or possibly an Austrish?