We’ll file this story under the Category, “WTF?”.
59-year-old Linda Patricia Thompson was recently released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, a prison in Wilsonville, Oregon, for a second-degree robbery conviction. Upon release, she hoped for a better life. But once freed, she discovered that life in America would not be kind to her. Every local homeless shelter was full, and she was left to fend for herself on the streets. The very next day, she was assaulted by a group of thugs while strolling through a local park, resulting in several facial fractures.
Mug shot of Patricia Thompson
Thompson began to think that life behind bars was better than living in today’s America. So she decided to do something about it.
Thompson entered a local bank and handed the teller a note that said, “I have a gun. Give me all your money.”
The terrified bank teller handed Thompson a bag containing thousands of dollars.
Upon receiving the cash, Thompson walked outside the bank, offered a few bystanders thousands of dollars in cash, then threw the rest of the money up in the air. Then, she calmly sat down and waited for police to arrive.
Local police officer, Lt. Nathan Busek, soon arrived on scene, and asked Thompson what was going on. The disillusioned woman replied, “I just robbed the bank, I want to go back to prison.”
Needless to say, Thompson is back in prison, with a bed, free medical care, and three square meals a day.
It is easy to poke fun at someone like Patricia Thompson. She is no beauty queen, and she is no saint, either. But her story illuminates an important point; life has gotten tougher for most Americans over the last 10 years. The economy stinks, crime is on the rise, and quite frankly, the world has become a scarier place. There is plenty of blame to go around for the plight of American society. But there is a clear void of leadership at the top.
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