‘Plain Jane Bandit’ Continues to Rob Banks Despite Unkind Nickname. The woman who has been somewhat unkindly nicknamed the “Plain Jane Bandit” by the press isn’t letting her newfound moniker deter her from her chosen line of work: She was recently spotted robbing a Chase bank in Cerritos, her eighth SoCal robbery in about a month. [LAist]
From the story:
ABC 7 reports that she used the same method in the Cerritos robbery that she always uses, whereby she simply walks in, shows a teller a note asking for money, and leaves. She reportedly has never been armed or shown a teller a weapon, but she does sometimes say that she has an accomplice waiting for her outside.
How exactly does this constitute “robbery?” It sounds more like unusually successful panhandling to me. If banks want to put a stop to this woman’s “crime” spree, I suggest the following approach: on being handed a note asking for money, determine whether the woman has an account with that bank with sufficient funds. If not, tell her “no” and call for the next customer.