All of us have experienced those days when something unbelievable happens to us, and no one believes us. If they did not act quickly, they might end up convicted.
If you’re serious about something, but your story sounds fake, dealing with authorities is no joke. Whenever life hands you lemons, you need to learn how to turn them into lemonade.
You’ll be amazed at the wacky ways people have managed to worm their way out of sticky situations in these real-life stories.
Behind Closed Doors
There was a lawsuit against a client of mine who had not paid rent for several months.
His dog had eaten his rent check, and he had no evidence to support his claim. Initially, the judge wasn’t convinced. In order to investigate, they decided to install a hidden camera for a few days.
Apparently, the dog chewed on important papers while the owner wasn’t looking.
Ultimately, the case was dismissed by the judge.
Being around so many expensive pieces of jewelry made me very nervous when I worked at a jewelry store. A jewelry store watch went missing, and a man was charged with theft.
His explanation was that he had no idea how it got into his pocket in the first place.
It turned out that the man, who was believed to have stolen the item, had a rare mental condition that caused him to unconsciously pick up objects and place them in his pockets, according to the prosecution.
His case was acquitted, and he was instructed to stay under supervision at all times.
No Time To React
In the following case, a man hit a pedestrian with his car, which resulted in a reckless driving charge.
According to him, the pedestrian jumped in front of his car, so he did not have time to react.
Investigations revealed the pedestrian was actually having a seizure and stumbled into the street because of it.
Despite being considered a culpable homicide, the man was acquitted in this rare case.
A Simple Trick
My experience as a police detective had opened my eyes to some strange things, and this story was borderline comical.
During video surveillance, a man was caught on camera taking money from a cash register.
His explanation was that he was actually performing a magic trick, and the money just vanished.
He was accused of lying by the prosecution, but after investigation, it turned out that he was really a magician who had just mixed up his trick. The money was returned, and everything was fine.
My job as a criminal psychologist is to gain insight into lawbreakers’ minds. My office once handled a case in which a man was charged with stealing a laptop from a store.
In his defense, he claimed that he was time-traveling when he ended up in the wrong time period at the store.
After investigating the man, the prosecution discovered he had a rare condition that caused vivid and realistic time-travel hallucinations.
Thankfully, he was acquitted after being defended by his social worker.
A Silly Mistake
Our neighborhood is plagued by house break-ins. A man was arrested for breaking into a house one time.
The defendant claimed he thought it was his house during the trial. This was not the first time the jury heard it.
Judge and jury were skeptical until they discovered he had just moved into a house that resembled the one he had burgled.
It was a mistake on the man’s part since they were both part of the same housing development.
My experiences as a cop exposed me to lots of weird crimes. A man punched someone in the face one night and was charged with assault.
As far as his memory goes, he was asleep and had no recollection of that incident.
The prosecution believed the man was lying, but after investigating, it proved the man had a sleepwalking disorder.
It was determined that his actions had no motive, and he was acquitted.
Looking For Her Phone
Since I began working as a traffic officer, I have accumulated a lot of experience. In the middle of the afternoon, I saw a woman swerving over the solid line, so I hailed over her. In asking for her registration, I discovered that her license had been suspended.
It was later revealed that she had lost her phone and used her car to locate it.
She had indeed called several times from her car, according to her phone records, although the officer thought it was a ridiculous excuse.
As far as we were concerned, we let the incident slide and wished her luck.
The Driving Dog
I am very serious about my job as a traffic official. When a man was speeding, my partner pulled him over.
In his account, his dog had sat in the driver’s seat and stepped on the gas pedal. The story was new to me.
Upon hearing the man’s claim, the officer was weary and wanted to inspect the car.
It was only after seeing the dog in the car and observing its paw on the gas pedal that the officer began to believe the story.
During my career as a forensic case investigator, I encountered a very serious case one day. Several hundred thousand dollars disappeared from the company of an employee charged with embezzlement.
Her claim was that she didn’t recall taking the money.
The prosecution believed the woman was lying, but investigation revealed that she was prone to amnesia and was unable to recall the events of the day.
The incident happened while her boss was out of the country but he was aware of her condition when he hired her. Thankfully, she was found not guilty.
I am a grocery store security person. One day, a man was caught shoplifting and claimed that he had forgotten his wallet at home and needed food for his family.
The store security thought it was a lie until they checked his ID and saw that he lived in a wealthy neighborhood.
The man was found to have a legitimate reason for not having his wallet on him.
The store manager allowed the man to leave his cell phone in the store as collateral, and the man returned the next day to pay his bill with real money.
Saving a Life
My partner and I were doing the night shift for one week. We received an emergency call. A man was caught breaking into a store after hours.
When questioned, he claimed he was a doctor and was rushing to save a patient’s life.
The officers were skeptical until they received a call from the hospital confirming that the man was indeed a doctor and had just saved a life.
The officers didn’t understand why he needed to break into a store, but they gave him a warning.
The Angelic Intervention
It was a Sunday morning, and we received a call from our local Pastor at the church. A strange man was charged with breaking into a church and stealing a valuable artifact.
The man was talking in a weird language. He claimed an angel told him to take it to protect it from destruction.
The prosecution thought he was insane, but after investigating, it turned out that the man actually had a history of auditory hallucinations and was hearing voices.
The judge ruled the man clinically insane, and he was acquitted. He was committed to a mental asylum after that.
The Forgotten Locket
I was a cashier at a top-brand jewelry store. A woman was caught shoplifting a locket from a jewelry store.
When questioned, she claimed that she had accidentally put it in her pocket while trying it on and had forgotten to pay for it.
The store security was skeptical until they found the locket in her pocket and saw that it was still in its original packaging.
I still think she tried to pull a fast one and acted innocent when the security questioned her.
A woman was pulled over for speeding and claimed that her child was sick and needed to get to the hospital.
The officer was skeptical until he saw the child in the back seat, who was indeed very sick.
This is one of the most common excuses you hear women use on the road, so it is important that the officer check.
The officer was kind enough to escort her to the hospital, and the child was fine.
A man was charged with bank robbery after he was caught on camera robbing a bank.
He claimed that he was actually at a costume party dressed as a bank robber at the time of the crime.
The prosecution thought he was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the man had an identical twin who was actually the one who committed the crime.
The authorities found no connection between the robbery and between the twins. The search was still on for the other twin.
The Alibi of a Lifetime
It was my first week as a police officer, and a man was accused of breaking into a jewelry store in the middle of the night.
He claimed that he was in the hospital getting surgery at the same time the crime took place.
The prosecution thought he was lying, but after investigating, it turned out that the man actually had a heart transplant surgery at the exact same time the crime took place.
The judge was extremely sorry because he, too, had been through the same surgery. He was acquitted.
I was a traffic officer in the country area. One afternoon, a man was caught driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
When questioned, he claimed that he was lost and had taken a wrong turn.
The officer was skeptical until he saw the man’s GPS and saw that he had indeed taken a wrong turn.
He directed him to the correct highway, and the frantic driver was back on his way.
Saving a Pet
I was a teenager working part-time at a pet shop. One morning we found that a woman was caught breaking into a pet store after hours.
When questioned, she claimed that her pet had escaped and she was trying to find it.
The police were skeptical until they found the woman’s pet inside the store. She was worried about her pet, who was ill after an operation, and just had to check if her fur baby was doing fine.
She was given a warning, and her pet was healthy again.
It was a Monday morning, and I was dreading the work week as a grocery store manager. I saw a man shoplifting groceries from our store.
When questioned, he claimed that he had forgotten his wallet at home and needed food for his family.
The store security was skeptical until they checked his ID and saw that he lived in a low-income neighborhood. It was just his luck that one of his neighbors was working as a cashier in the store and stood up for him.
His friend paid for the food, and we let him go with a warning. He never returned to our store, though.
The Lost Child
I was running a toy store n a small strip mall off the highway. One day a woman was caught breaking into the toy store after hours. We didn’t have much security and she just broke the door open with a crowbar.
When questioned, she claimed that her child had lost a toy and she was trying to find it.
The police were skeptical until they found the woman’s child inside the store, searching for the lost toy.
They apologized for the store’s negligence and reported the case to the mall owners.
Polly Wants A Cracker
This one time, a woman came to the police station claiming that her parrot had been stolen.
She was insistent that it was a valuable bird and that it needed to be found. The police were skeptical but decided to help anyway.
After investigating, they found that the parrot had actually flown away and was found on a neighbor’s roof.
The woman was relieved and grateful to the police for their help.
The Misunderstood Genius
A man was caught spray painting graffiti on a building.
When asked why he did it, he explained that he was a street artist and was just trying to express himself. The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
He took them to his studio and showed them his incredible artwork.
The police were amazed and ended up letting him go with a warning.
Rubbed The Wrong Way
Our old town received a lot of strange cases of older people going through mental illness.
One time, a man was arrested for breaking and entering. When asked why he was there, he claimed that he was a genie and had gotten lost in the present.
The police were skeptical but decided to go along with it. They had to do their research.
After the background check, they found that the man actually had a history of mental illness and needed help. They took him to a hospital for treatment.
Supernatural or Superfake
My partner and best friend were doing our daily rounds. We caught a man driving a car that was not his. When asked why he was driving it, he claimed that it was part of a magic trick.
The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
He showed them a card trick, and the car disappeared before their eyes.
The police were amazed and thought it was something supernatural. They let him go without charges.
The Missing Keys
I was the security officer on duty at a local casino. One late night I caught a drunk man breaking into a car. When asked why he was there, he claimed he was looking for the keys he had lost.
The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point. It took some time because the man was heavily inebriated.
After some time, they found that the man had actually lost his keys in the car and had no intention of stealing it.
He eventually found them under the seat and showed the officers. He was just trying to retrieve his keys.
The Lost Dog
My friend and I were the security officers at Grand Central Park. One day we saw a woman who was caught walking a dog that was not hers.
When asked why she was walking it, she claimed that she was looking for its owner. We questioned some passersby and one of the regular dog walkers said they recognized the lady and the dog and that she regularly walked there.
The police were skeptical but decided to give her a chance to prove her point.
After investigating, they found that the woman was actually the dog’s owner and had just lost her memory.
The Alien Invasion
A man was caught walking around in a strange outfit.
When asked why he was dressed like that, he claimed that he was from another planet and was there to warn us about an upcoming alien invasion. The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
They were used to seeing people doing cosplay around, but this guy had a lot more confidence.
After the police investigation, they found that the man was actually a scientist and had just made a huge discovery about the universe.
The Haunted House
My partner and I were police officers 5 years on the job. We thought that we had thick skin. But our courage was tested one strange night.
We received a call that a man was caught breaking into a house. We drove over to check the disturbance. We got the fright of our lives to see the lights going off and on inside the old house.
When asked why he was there, he claimed that the house was haunted and he was trying to get rid of the ghost. The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
After investigating, they found that the man was actually a paranormal investigator and had just received a call to investigate the haunted house. We got out of there as fast as we could.
The Time Capsule
We were driving around our normal route on a Tuesday afternoon and saw a strange man in a children’s playground. My husband and I decided to call the cops. A man was caught digging in a public park.
When they asked why he was there, he claimed he was looking for a time capsule buried there.
The police were skeptical but decided to give him a chance to prove his point.
They contacted the local cops and found that the man was actually a historian and had just found information about the time capsule.
Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.