Paris teens charged in bare-breasted robberies
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 18, 2010 2:13 p.m. EDT
Paris, France (CNN) -- French police believe they've gotten to the bottom of a series of robberies in which teenage girls exposed their breasts to distract men withdrawing money from Paris cash machines.
Two teenagers have been charged with three hold-ups, but they will be prosecuted as juveniles since they are under 18, according to the Paris prosecutor's office.
Police say that on August 7, a man inserted a card into a cash machine in central Paris to withdraw money when two young females approached him and asked for money. The girls waved a newspaper at the man in an attempt to distract him, but the technique didn't work.
So the girls tried another strategy: One of them bared her breasts and put her hand on the man's genitals while the other took the opportunity to withdraw 300 euros, police said.
The two teenagers also are accused of stealing a total of 400 euros in two other Paris ATM robberies on August 17, the prosecutor's office said.
Okay...So the guy inserts his ATM card, enters his passcode...The girls approach, and one of them lifts her shirt with one hand, grabs his crotch with the other... He is so—discombobulated—that he doesn't notice when the other girl finishes the transaction, and pockets the scratch...(That's a fairly high level of discombobulation, wouldn't you say?)...
Seems to me these guys have a very high threshhold for embarassment—also seems that after a few moments, grabbing become fondling, and initial surprise gives way to participation...
As a footnote, I think the first girl deserves some degree of commendation for her practical display of rapid problem-solving—waving the newspaper was a perfectly terrible idea, I grant you, but the fact that she remained undaunted and persevered is downright inspiring...The Scouts give merit badges, and the Junior of Chamber of Commerce gives awards and even scholarships for similar resourcefulness...I'm sure the French have some way of rewarding their own Junior Achievers...