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Robbers Send Thank You Note

Japanese thieves send a 'thank you' note to a bank after robbing it.

Published Dec 31, 1998

Claim:   After successfully robbing a bank, very polite Japanese thieves penned a thank-you note to that financial institution.


Origins:   And I thought I was compulsive about thank-you notes:

Ten days after the biggest bank heist — $5.4 million — in Japan's history, the Kobe branch of Fukutoku Bank received a letter of gratitude, presumably from the robbers. "Thank you very much for the bonus," the letter read. "We can live on this loot for life."

Last updated:   1 July 2011


    Reuters.   "Japanese Bank Robbers are Polite to a Fault."

    5 September 1994.

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