1Man threatens employees with photo of a gun
Of course, threats are a very common tactic for thieves, usually involving some sort of weapon. Well, a 34-year-old Cambridge, England man walked into his local Tesco and threatened to kill everyone holding not a gun, but a photo of one. He showed it around to the staff, who immediately called the police. The man was arrested on suspicion of threats to kill but was later released.
2Man loses iPhone, threatens to jump off building
We'd all be upset if we lost our smartphone, but this is a bit extreme. A man in Shijiazhuang, China was apparently so despondent after losing his phone, he climbed out onto the ledge of a 25th story window. He leaned against the glass and threatened to jump; it took two teams of police to get him back inside. Watch a video of the whole strange incident below:
3Man threatens to repossess ex's fakes breasts
A German man who paid for his 20-year-old girlfriend's fake breasts wanted them repossessed because they broke up. According to a 2010 news report the man, identified as Carsten, gave the woman, Anastasia, money for implants as long as she promised to stay with him for at least a year. He gave her 4,379 euros ($5,865) for the new boobs; she swiftly broke up with him. That's when things got ugly—Carsten threatened to get repo men involved if she didn't pay him back. Anastacia gave him 3,000, and they may have settled the rest out of court.
4Old man threatens bus driver with antique grenade
An 77-year-old Chinese gentleman by the name of Wang Shichao was very upset at his bus driver because he stopped a few yards short of his stop. Instead of filing a complaint, he did the next best thing: the next time he got on the bus Wang attempted to blow himself and the bus driver up with a grenade as old as he was. Fortunately, the weapon was a dud and it merely sparked and smoked; he was quickly subdued and later put on trial. While the outcome is not known, he was likely given leniency due to his age. Watch the strange attempt below:
5Man threatens to sue restaurant for not including soup
In April of 2016, Our Place Restaurant in Mansfield, Texas received a letter from a local attorney who said he ate at the establishment and was not given the cup of soup promised in their Saturday special. In his letter, lawyer Dwain Downing said: “The menu is an offer for a contract by you. I accepted the offer. This action … created a binding contract which is legally enforceable... You then breached the contract by not providing the soup as promised...” When the restaurant's owner put the letter up on the Facebook page, it quickly went viral.
6Man threatens to “purge” Pokemon Go players
In the summer of 2016, Pokemon Go swept the world up into a frenzy. While many people were enthralled by the smartphone app/game, others were less taken with it. One man, Nathan Cerda, apparently despised it so much, he posted threats on Facebook saying that he, his friends, and even his sister were going to on a “purge” of people searching for Pokemon using modified paintball guns. Police took these threats seriously and arrested him for making terroristic threats.
7Kid makes phone threats for money
In 2009, there was a popular teenage prank caller who went by the name of Tyrone; he would record his crude calls to places like Wal-Mart and put them on YouTube. But Tyrone, who in real life was a teenager named Ashton Lundby, got bored so he decided to up his game. On live broadcasts with hundreds of people listening, he would charge $5 and call any number. These often ended up being high schools and universities and Tyrone would make bomb threats as a way for people to get out of school or tests. He was eventually caught when a threat to Purdue University was traced to his North Carolina home where he lived with his parents. Ashton was tried as an adult and eventually sentenced to 22 months, which was already served in pretrial custody.
8Woman threatens to poop on dog owner's lawn
Los Angeles resident Annie Preece was sick of dogs doing their business on her lawn and owners not cleaning it up. So she posted up a giant sign, which read: “To the person who lets their dog poop on our lawn and doesn't clean it up... we are watching you. The next time you let your dog poop on our lawn and don't pick it up, I will personally follow you back to your home, wait until you get inside, pull down my pants and take a huge dump on your doorstep and on the windshield of your car. Love, Annie.” A picture of the note went viral, and Annie had to explain to the news media that she wasn't serious but was glad that the message got out.
9Mom pens threatening letter from Santa to daughter
One mother, tired of her misbehaving daughter, decided to try an unusual threat. She sent her child a note which said that she was on the Naughty list and had ten days to get back on the Nice list. To do so, she'd have to stop smacking her sister, talking back to her parents, and clean up her room. It was signed at the bottom “I'm Watching, Santa Claus.”
10“The Watcher” threatens new homeowners
It was supposed to be Derek and Maria Broaddus' $1.3 million dollar dream home, but instead, it turned into their nightmare. In 2015, just after they purchased the New Jersey property, they claimed to have received three creepy letters to the address. “I am The Watcher… My grandfather watched the house in the 1920's, and my father watched it in the 1960's. It is now my time,” said the first. The others talked about wanting to know the names of the “young blood” in the house (they had three children) and promised to “call to them and draw them” to him. Naturally, they freaked out.
The Broadduses then filed a lawsuit against the former owners claiming that they knew of The Watcher and failed to disclose it before the sale. The former owners counter-sued, saying they were defamed by the worldwide publicity that resulted for the suit and claimed the letters were a hoax. The police conducted an investigation and were unable to find The Watcher's identity; only three letters were ever received.
In March 2016, the Broadduses tried to sell the property at $1.25 million and were unsuccessful in their efforts. They are now going before the local planning board, hoping to get permission to tear down the house and put up two smaller units. This hearing has now been delayed until January 2017.