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Why It’s Not a Good Idea to Blow Up a Condom Machine

A German man died this week after he blew up a condom machine.

Condoms to be distributed Freida Downey, aka Caped  Condom Crusader. (Matt Goins/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
Condoms to be distributed Freida Downey, aka Caped Condom Crusader. (Matt Goins/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)

When two men, aged 27 and 29, brought their German friend to the hospital on Christmas claiming he had fallen down the stairs, doctors were suspicious that his injuries didn’t match up with their story.

That’s because they later revealed the 29-year-old hadn’t fallen down any stairs at all, but had instead been struck by a large shard of steel from a condom machine that the trio had tried to blow up and rob. The injured man, who is from Munster in western Germany but whose name has not been released, died at a hospital in Schoeppingen near the Dutch border.

According to local police, the three friends hooked up a homemade explosive device to the machine and then detonated it in an attempt to steal the cash and condoms that were inside. But only two of them made it to safety, and the third was struck in the head when the small bomb went off.

And even the two men who made it away didn’t get anything out of the poorly-planned heist. Police officers who arrived on the scene found money and condoms littered all around.

The two were arrested but later released.

Photo Credit: Matt Goins/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images

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