Alternative Justice

Drug addict bank robber ‘wanted to go to jail’

A drug addict tried to rob a bank in Frankfurt – not to feed his habit, but so he would be put in jail where he could go cold turkey and beat his habit. He was handed a cup of coffee rather than cash by bank staff.

And rather than prosecute the 44-year-old man, authorities decided to let him walk, leaving him to get help for his addiction on his own.

“He didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t damage anything, so there was no reason for us to hold him. He was offered advice on where he could seek help for his addiction independently,” a police spokesman told The Local, adding that it was not clear what drugs he had been taking.

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