Banana Peel Lawsuit Leads to Arrest

December 1, 2013

You would think that in this day and age, even the greediest and dumbest, would know that there are surveillance cameras on all kinds of public transportation.

Litigation has become such a spectator sport that government isn’t taking any chances that people can sue them for fraudulent claims. Therefore, it is even funnier that a passenger thought he could get away with suing the Metro system for $15,000 on a phony claim that his hip and leg had been injured because of their negligence.

You can see on the surveillance video a man riding in an elevator. As the door opens, he makes himself look like he has slipped on something, lunging forward and to the ground.

What he doesn’t realize is that the surveillance camera has caught him staring intently at the camera three times and then he throws a banana peel behind him so that he doesn’t actually slip on anything; he just makes it look as though he slipped.

He complained that the custodian for the station had not cleaned up the floor prior to his entering the elevator, yet the camera footage shows that just prior to this man’s boarding, there is nothing on the floor and the man is seen with what appears to be a banana peel in his hand, tossing it on the floor behind him. And all this time, he is seen looking in the direction of the camera.

How dumb can you be? If you know that you intend to commit a felony, you don’t stand there in full view of a camera, staring at it intently, enough times to be identified for a mug shot. And you especially don’t stand in front of a camera with the evidence (a banana peel) in your hand and throw it behind you if you intend to make it look as though you tripped on something that was already on the floor.

No, if you have every intention of defrauding the Metro system, you take several trips on it and look around carefully for where surveillance cameras are placed before coming back a final time to do your dirty deed, and you especially don’t stare at the camera while you are committing the felony. Needless to say, he was arrested and charged with fraudulent injury claim.

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