German Man Killed By Exploding Condom Machine During Botched Robbery
And the Darwin Award goes to…
A German man died Christmas Day after blowing up a condom machine with a homemade bomb as part of a robbery attempt, local authorities told the BBC.
According to the Guardian, the 29-year-old man was struck in the head with a flying piece of metal after he and two accomplices attempted to blow a condom dispenser open in the town of Schöppingen, near the Dutch border.
Man dies in #Germany after blowing up condom machine in apparent robbery attempt https://t.co/A4E6r3Qh20 pic.twitter.com/tSwHCsMpI3
— ST Foreign Desk (@STForeignDesk) December 28, 2015
The AP reports that the three men “apparently got into a car after triggering the explosion, but the 29-year-old didn’t close his door and was hit by debris when the machine exploded.”
The other two men “fled the scene of the explosion in a car, leaving behind condoms and money scattered around the gutted vending machine,” according to the Guardian. They turned up at a Schöppingen hospital seeking medical attention for their friends.
Man dies after blowing up condom machine in robbery bid. https://t.co/bIZE0FmDaq pic.twitter.com/OS5BKfRq55
— The West Australian (@westaustralian) December 28, 2015
The scattered debris caught the attention of police, who tracked down the two accomplices after they told hospital officials the third man injured himself by falling down a flight of stars. One later admitted that his injuries were caused by the exploding condom dispenser.
The two accomplices were were arrested and later released by authorities.