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50 Million Dollar Van Gogh Stolen No Alarm System

05 October 2010  |  2265 views  |  1

“A prized Vincent van Gogh still life was stolen from a Cairo museum  leading to a massive art hunt, conflicting reports about the details of the crime, and plenty of finger-pointing. Five people, meanwhile, have been arrested for “negligence” in relation to the embarrassing theft, which seems to have been carried out in the absence of rudimentary security measures, according to the Agence France-Presse.”

Let us “Hypothesize”: defined as a proposal intended to explain certain facts or phenomena – for a moment.

Lets say you’re flipping burgers at your job and you head home after a long greasy day. On the way home you stop off at your local convenient store for a bag of chips, soda and a crack at the numbers game. That night at the bottom of the hour you watch the lady spin the ball thing and your numbers all get sucked into that number sucking thing. Walla, you just won 50 million clams!! Woohoo!!!

But there is a hitch. In order for you to collect the money you have to agree to allow other people to see it as a pile of 50 million dollars in your house at designated times.

However, knowing that people steal, you can go ahead and do things to secure the money, but you have to keep it in the house.

Remember, you have $50 million, so dropping a few bucks on home security shouldn’t be a big deal. Rap artists do it all day long.

Would you:

a.      Hire a security service like Men In Black with those wrap around the ear thingys and dark glasses?

b.      Get off duty Navy Seals with big guns to stand guard?

c.      Get a bunch of trained Rottweiler’s, Pitt Bulls, Doberman Pincers, and German Shepherds and put raw meat all around the money?

d.       Fill your house with lots of rotting dead skunks so it smells so bad nobody would come?

e.      Invest in a functional security system that has security cameras, beware of dog signs, and security alarm monitoring at a dollar a day?


“Prosecutor general Abdel Meguid Mahmud acknowledged that security measures at the museum were “inadequate,” branding them “a facade.”

“There are 43 security cameras but only seven are working. Each painting is protected by an alarm but again, none are working,” he told reporters.”

Even the rotting skunks would have done a better job.


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Comments: (1)

John Dring
John Dring - Intel Network Services - Swindon 05 October, 2010, 11:20

Nice days 'work' for about $8 entrance fee (assuming a couple took it)

Normally having a pile of money allows you to make more money, but in the case of museums (especially free ones) this isn't so easy.  Having to protect something worth $50m (who says?) costs money.  I wonder if these things are insured / insurable?  Are they irreplaceable - well the original is, since it was cut from the frame, and a copy will have to suffice now.

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