Posted on 04 January 2010.
TWO bank robbers who blew themselves up trying to make a sizable withdrawal from an ATM have been declared the 2009 winners of the Darwin Awards.
Organisers say the annual “prize” is given to “those doing the most to improve the human gene pool … by removing themselves from it”.
The awards are named after Charles Darwin, the Father of Evolution.
This year the dubious first place went to the pair of bungling thieves in Belgium who wildly overestimated the amount of dynamite they needed to rob a bank.
They both were killed when the blast demolished the entire building the ATM was housed in.
Police only found the body of the second robber some twelve hours after digging through the debris.
They had initially assumed he had made a getaway.
The bankrobbers just edged ahead of second-place getter, Florida man Shawn Motero, who was stuck in a traffic jam when nature called.
He got out of his car and jumped over a concrete wall to find a more secluded spot.
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old had not realized he was on a bridge and fell 65ft (19.8m) to his death.
Award organisers said the accident proved you should “look before you leak”.
Police revealed Mr Motero had been drinking at a bar in Pompano Beach before his tragic death, adding: ‘He probably thought there was a road, but there wasn’t.’
The first woman to be nominated for the award came in at third place.
Rosanne Tippett drove her moped through a police road block – straight into a flooded river.
After being rescued by police she jumped back into the water to rescue her vehicle – and drowned.
Before embarking on her final journey the 50-year-old had phoned her mother and told her: “My moped has two rubber wheels, Mom, I’ll be fine.”
Her mum later admitted: “She loved that thing.”
Other nominees for the 2009 awards included an armed robber who used gold spray paint to disguise his face as he raided a convenience store.
The paint released toxic fumes and Thomas James, from South Carolina, collapsed and died shortly after the robbery.
To add insult to injury, the disguise didn’t work – with witnesses having no problem identifying the 23-year-old.
From Adelaide Now.