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No Cash, Just Potatoes

An armed robbery proved to be anything but profitable for two gangsters who broke into a German post office and left without checking the take.


No golden nuggets here

Two armed robbers broke into a post office in the German city of Bonn on Friday evening. But their planned heist resulted in nothing more than a sack of cold potato salad.

According to police reports, the gangsters mistakenly grabbed a plastic shopping bag filled with two tubs of potato salad rather than the bag they had stuffed with money emptied from the post office safe. They were so quick to make a clean getaway that they forgot to check which bag they made off with.

On Saturday police in the former capital still had no trace of the luckless robbers -- no wonder, potato salad doesn't carry a barcode and is quickly consumed.