Dead Men Can’t Sign Checks! What Were You Thinking asks Business Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher

There is dumb. There was Dumb and Dumber. But this caps it off and is a great end of the week story so we can move into the weekend with a little humor to tickle our weekend. The New York Times reports:

Two men were arrested on Tuesday after pushing a corpse, seated in an office chair, along the sidewalk to a check-cashing store to cash the dead man’s Social Security check, the police said.

When Virgilio Cintron, 66, died at his apartment at 436 West 52nd Street recently, his roommate and a friend saw an opportunity to cash his $355 check, the police said.

The roommate, James P. O’Hare, and his friend, David J. Dalaia, both 65 and unemployed, placed Mr. Cintron’s body in the chair and wheeled it around the corner, south along Ninth Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, the police said. The men parked the chair with the corpse in front of Pay-O-Matic at 763 Ninth Avenue, a check-cashing business that Mr. Cintron had patronized.

They went inside to present the check, but a clerk said Mr. Cintron would have to cash it himself, and asked where he was, the police said.

“He is outside,” Mr. O’Hare said, indicating the body in the chair, according to Mr. Browne.

The two men started to bring the chair inside, but it was too late.

Their sidewalk procession had already attracted the stares of passers-by who were startled by the sight of the body flopping from side to side as the two men tried to prop it up, the police said. The late Mr. Cintron was dressed in a faded black T-shirt and blue-and-white sneakers. His pants were pulled up part of the way, and his midsection was covered by a jacket, the police said. While the two men were inside the check-cashing office, a small crowd had gathered around the chair. A detective, Travis Rapp, eating a late lunch at a nearby Empanada Mama saw the crowd and notified the Midtown North station house.

O.K. – these guys must have been low on the food chain when it came to smarts. Rolling a dead body down the street in order to cash a check. Hum – wonder how they thought he would sign the check. Last time I checked – Dead folk can sign anything – cause they’re DEAD!

Police officers and an ambulance arrived as the two men were trying to maneuver the corpse and chair into the check-cashing office.

The two men were taken into custody and questioned. The police said they were considering charging them with check-cashing fraud.

Check cashing fraud? You don’t say? Wonder how difficult that would be to prove?

But wait, maybe these guys should be let off. Maybe they deserve a break. After all if they are incarcerated – put in prison with the hard core guys – they might learn how to better pull off such a crime!


Stupid is as stupid does – so I doubt they will learn (they’re likely too dumb and have killed too many brain cells) to be better criminals. So incarcerating means the taxpayers will have to pay for their care – instead of them doing it themselves.


I say let them go – What about you?

Business Ethics Speaker – Chuck Gallagher – Signing off!


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