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Cut off from foodstamps --- solution is to go rob a bank.....

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what happened to get a job?


Dressed up like a woman, a bank robber couldn’t fool Ceres police. Now, he’s telling CBS13 his side of the story.

Leonard Brown Jr. thought his disguise would work, and he came up with the idea all on his own, believing it was so creative he wouldn’t get caught.

“A lot of people think I did it for drugs, but it wasn’t,” said Brown.

Brown definitely caught everyone’s attention when he wore a black wig, mini skirt, complete with black stretchy pants, and a purple purse to rob a Bank of America in Ceres.

He laughed at his nickname as the “Stretchy Pants Bandit.”

“It’s kind of funny seeing me as a woman,” said Brown.

So why did he dress up as a woman?

“Cause I thought, because the police know me, I thought it would be best to come up different,” said Brown.

He believed the police wouldn’t know who he was dressed as a woman.

Brown says he walked into the bank and told the teller to give him the money, and says he got away with $5,000.

“I did it just because of getting cut off food stamps, struggling,” said Brown.

So he used the money for food and claims the rest went to good use.

“I mostly gave back to, like, poorer people,” said Brown. “I just went around giving money away.”

It was money he robbed from a bank, dressed in drag. Now he’s facing some serious charges and some serious time behind bars. So, he has one last thing to say.

“Sorry mom for what I did, but I had no other choice. I was left on the streets, just got cut off food stamps, and that was the only choice I had left,” said Brown.

Brown says he’s never robbed a bank before and he never will again. He says he wants to make a fresh start after he serves his time.

He has had problems with the law in the past, but says this is the most serious crime he’s ever committed.

by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 10:20 PM
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Kenre
by Bronze Member on Oct. 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM
He might have been right. He had been in trouble before and with so many looking for work without criminal histories...
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atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 6, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Now the dumb ass really won't find a job.
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2metalbabies
by Jene on Oct. 6, 2012 at 11:24 AM
He's not the first person that used that excuse. Last year some guy I used to work with robbed a bank because his business went under, didn't qualify for any aid because they had too many assets, 2 young kids and a pregnant wife, blah blah blah, you know the rest. But then again, bank robberies in my area have increased. I think there have been 9 successful and many more attempts and I live in rural western iowa. Must be a lot of dumbasses running around, too lazy to look for non-existent jobs.
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momofsixangels
by Colleen on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:15 PM

 wow

Courtney610
by Courtney on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:23 PM
Sounds totally legit to me! (Sarcasm)
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peggy_sue82
by on Oct. 6, 2012 at 2:42 PM
Everyone says get a job.That's easier said than done these days.I have been out of work since july 2011.I get cut off unemployment in december.Its going to make things uncomfortably tight at home.I have applied for jobs that my degree is in.Down to fast food target walmart and gas stations.No one has even called me back for an interview.Its easy to throw stones when your not in that situation.
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nursemc
by on Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:24 AM

I'm curious, need more details. Did he get cut off because he made too much money at his job? There are no time limits for food stamps are there? As long as you are under the income guidelines.

MIA0223
by Michelle on Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:26 AM
Smh
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atlmom2
by Susie on Oct. 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM
You cannot live on food stamps forever. Please.


Quoting nursemc:

I'm curious, need more details. Did he get cut off because he made too much money at his job? There are no time limits for food stamps are there? As long as you are under the income guidelines.


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GertieK
by Silver Member on Oct. 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

This what we have come to now - people have been led to believe that they are entitled to assistance in bad situations, and have stopped learning how to think creatively.  If he was cut off from food stamps, there is much more to this story.  Where I live there are places like fast food joints and gas stations BEGGING for people to work.  One of our local "Kwik Shops" can't keep people.  They don't like the hours, they don't like being on their feet all day, and on and on.  The few people that work there say he is great to work for, goes out of his way to accomodate you, and you pratically have to steal from him to get fired.  Now days so many really have no limits, and think that any suffering at all is someone else's responsibility to take care of.

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