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'Hypnotist bandit' robs four banks in a month

By T.K. Randall
June 24, 2014 · Comment icon 15 comments

The man stares unwaveringly in to the eyes of bank tellers. Image Credit: sxc.hu
A robber who allegedly hypnotizes bank tellers in to giving him money is being pursued by police.
The mysterious thief appeared to rely not on guns, knives or other conventional weapons but on his strange hypnotic stare to steal money from at least four different banks across Manhattan over the last few weeks.

On Friday he reportedly entered a Bank of America branch and handed the teller a note stating "this is a robbery" and to make it "quick and easy".

Rather than attempting to conceal his identity like most robbers however the enigmatic perpetrator instead proceeded to stare the teller right in the eyes the entire time, not looking away even once until he had received the money and was ready to leave.

The FBI are now attempting to hunt down the man before he can strike again.

Source: LA Times | Comments (15)




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Comment icon #6 Posted by spartan max2 10 years ago
There is absolutely no hypnosis being used to rob the banks. That phrase was coined by his 'stare' only. He doesn't seem to talk, just passes a note to the cashiers.. I think this just shows how compliant people are.
Comment icon #7 Posted by maximusnow 10 years ago
I hyptmotized my wife yesterday, I gave her a note that said, "please pick up some milk on the way home. " and she did it....Hooo Yaaaa! Sha Zam! just like that..... hypno-dado!
Comment icon #8 Posted by FlyingAngel 10 years ago
Hypnotization exists and is used by psychologist. But this level is called "a voodoo"
Comment icon #9 Posted by paperdyer 10 years ago
Hypnotization exists and is used by psychologist. But this level is called "a voodoo" Hypnotic trances only exist if the subject it willing to be so. Look up Penn & Teller's episode of BULLS__T! on the subject for more info.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Calibeliever 10 years ago
Tellers are trained not to resist an attempted robbery. They are taught to comply with the robber's request because from the bank's point of view it's not worth a few thousand dollars to have one of it's employees shot. By staring directly at the teller the robber was ensuring that the teller wouldn't attempt to alert anyone of what he was doing until he was on his way out the door. The stare is for intimidation. No hypnosis needed.
Comment icon #11 Posted by ancient astronaut 10 years ago
If you can read this you are getting very sleepy. Now, Quack like a duck. Good duck.
Comment icon #12 Posted by gatekeeper32 10 years ago
Thinking of quitting smoking, article reminded of in local hypnotist advertising to quit by hypnosis. Good chance to see where he has been for the past few days. LOL
Comment icon #13 Posted by Doctor manhattan 10 years ago
Lol and when the cops arrest him he'll be like 'these are not the droids you are looking for'.
Comment icon #14 Posted by GlennThe14TH 10 years ago
"You are getting verrry sleeeepyyyy..."
Comment icon #15 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 10 years ago
That phrase was coined by his 'stare' only. It must be an epic stare worthy of Chuck Norris.


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