Quote of the Day - My occupation now, I suppose, is jail inmate. - Theodore Kaczynski
The $80.00 Retirement Plan
It's not a financial plan I would recommend, and I doubt anyone else would, either. But it made sense to 63-year old Timothy J. Bowers. He was a delivery man for a company that went out of business back in 2003, and could only find odd jobs after that. He couldn't find a full-time job and felt employers discriminated against him due to his age. He didn't have tremendously marketable skills, but he apparently had watched a lot of TV.
Here's what he did: He robbed a bank. While that part appears designed to get money to help make ends meet, the next part may not make any sense to you, but bear with me for a moment. After the teller handed Mr. Bowers $80.00, he then turned around to the guard, and said, "It's your day to be a hero," and gave the guard the money. Then he waited for police to arrive.
That's not how it's supposed to work you say?
Well, Mr. Bowers had a different plan. His social security wasn't due to kick in until he was sixty-five, so he decided to plead guilty and then asked the judge for a three-year sentence. Yep, a cot and three squares a day.
According to the Associated Press, his lawyer was quoted as saying, "It's a pretty sad story when someone feels that's their only alternative." The prosecutor couldn't agree more: "It's not the financial plan I would choose, but it's a financial plan," replied the District Attorney.