Monday, November 07, 2005

The Most Expensive Pizza in the World

Pizza Delivery Costly for Escapees



(Nov. 4) Two violent felons who escaped from a maximum-security prison — hiding on a trash truck — stopped for pizza, and were caught.

Johnny Brewer, a convicted murderer, and Jimmy Causey, a convicted kidnapper, had been on the loose since Tuesday, [Nov. 1]. [...]
In 2004, Causey, 35, was convicted of holding Columbia attorney Jack Swerling and his family at gunpoint in their home in 2002. Brewer, 39, was convicted in 1999 for strangling his sister-in-law, Kelly Burbage, in 1994.

Judie Trainer said in a phone interview that she had her husband call authorities after she delivered the men a pizza at the Palms Motel.

"Something ain't right. Something about the delivery that didn't make sense to me," Trainer said.

The caller said he'd be showering, so Trainer should leave the pizza on the bed, pick up money from the table, and go, reports CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann.

But from the hallway, Trainer could see there wasn't enough cash. She waited, and somebody finally handed her another five dollars through the partially open door.

"He never did let me see him. But he wanted me to come into the room and something told me, 'No, you don't do them kind of things,'" she said.

Pat Smith, a maid at the motel, said Causey told the clerk when he checked in Tuesday night that his identification was in his car, and that the car had been towed.
"He was real friendly," she said. [...]

The pair have now learned a valuable lesson, says [Officer] Strassmann: Don't short-change the pizza deliverywoman.



Well, I guess if they were geniuses with good impulse control and an ability to delay gratification, they wouldn't have been convicted felons in the first place, but it's amazing how many criminals get caught for stupid stuff...

Writing your bank hold-up note on the back of a deposit slip that you've filled out...
Making your getaway from a bank job in a van with your name and business address painted on the side...
Getting stopped after blowing up a federal building and killing over 130 people, including children, because you didn't put license plates on your getaway car...

20 Comments:

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If so, how can this be worth doing ?

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If they wanted to earn $ 20/hr, then each post would have to average a return of $ 1.75.

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(Often a LOT less).

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Therefore, each post would have to drive an average of 4 visitors to the spam-commenter's site.

However, my experience with links embedded in posts is that VERY few people will click on them, even if they are relevant to the thread of the conversation, and thus presumably of interest to those reading the comments.

Thus, to get 4 click-throughs on a non-relevant link, you'd probably have to have the spam-comment read by 600 people.

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The bottom line is, unless my guesses about the rate of link-clicking, sales ratio at the target site, or profit per visitor are way off, there's NO WAY that having a human write these posts makes any sense...

Unless...

Maybe the spam-poster is Chinese, and only needs to make $ 20 in a day, or even less, maybe half of that.

There are plenty of high-tech, low cost of living places in the world...

November 07, 2005 10:12 PM  
Blogger Brit said...

Looks like a bot to me, and they're getting quite clever, aren't they?

These spam comments really are becoming a plague. Another weapon might be this picture verification thing:
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=1203.

Again though, it's a question of balancing spam prevention against dissuading real commentors.

November 08, 2005 5:25 AM  
Blogger Hey Skipper said...

Makes me want to set up a server for the sole purpose of bombarding these spammers.

But then righteous anger always gets great play in my imagination.

November 08, 2005 7:00 AM  
Blogger Oroborous said...

Skipper:

But then righteous anger always gets great play in my imagination.

Me too.

When I was a youth, I often fell more into the "admiring of the cleverness" camp, but as I've aged, the respect for their sly abilities has become secondary to outrage over their uncaring destructiveness.

Maybe it's because, with experience, I can see how hard it is to construct, and how easily the work and effort of a lifetime can be destroyed.

It's gotten to the point where I find it hard to watch movies wherein the heroes expose the public to as much danger as do the villains.

November 08, 2005 2:47 PM  
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