Bank Robber Preferred Prison Over Living With His Wife

Some just want to get away from it all. But instead of taking a vacation, one man decided to rob a bank so he could live in prison instead of at home.

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Some say marriage is bliss. But, for a particular Kansas resident, it’s the extreme opposite. To get out of it—rather than go the usual route of divorce—he opted to commit a crime which made him eligible for time spent in prison.

Lawrence John Ripple, 70, attempted to steal money from a Kansas City bank in hopes of attaining his lofty goal of getting thrown behind bars in order to leave his wife, CBS reports. He dramatically wrote in a note that he would “rather be in jail than at home.” His logic may seem a bit skewed, but, according to FBI investigators, Ripple had been arguing a lot with his wife. It must have been the worst argument in the history of arguments.

On Friday, he walked into a bank and passed a note to the teller which stated he wanted cash and that he had a gun. When officers arrived at the scene, Ripple walked over to a guard and said he was “the guy he was looking for.” It was that simple. Ripple was charged on Tuesday with bank robbery.

Perhaps Ripple’s unconventional route might do the trick to escape his marriage. On the other hand, Ripple could have put more energy into getting along with his wife, but that takes the effort that apparently he just doesn’t have anymore.

Reports didn’t indicate how long the couple had been married or if, in fact, he will even go to jail. 



Banner photo credit: Twitter, @TLNKansasCity

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