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After a spate of nasty traffic accidents and two motorcyclists killed, Lincolnshire police caught the culprits red-handed. Their modus operandi was actually quite clever. They had a Transit van with a large hole sawn out of the floor and a small hoist suspended inside the roof. It was so easy to park over a drain cover and lift it into the van without being seen. Twenty-five pounds scrap value for spheroidal graphite iron. They could have cleared the entire county of drain covers, had they not got the wheel of the van stuck down the hole. (97)


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About micklively

Fifty-something, pacifist, six sigma black belt, lean implementer, brewer, vintner, guitarist, wood-turner, and slave to collies.
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26 Responses to Hole

  1. Good story and clever idea. I hope no one tries it, or tries it again if something like that happened. They must have had a drunk driver that night. Too much money and celebrating. Will done, Mick. —- Suzanne

  2. subroto says:

    Must be feeling rather drained after all that effort. Nice one.

  3. Melanie says:

    I don’t remember which city I was in when I saw a similar story on the news, but storm drains were disappearing and no one knew how. This must be it! Good story.

  4. Alice Audrey says:

    That is entirely too real. Like something I might read on a Darwi- Award-for-criminals type site.

  5. This is truly clever – you may be giving some shady folks a bad idea. Wait! We FF writers are always on the up-and-up.

  6. There’s a moral in your tale. Not sure what it is though. Nice one!
    100 whimsical words for Friday Fictioneers

  7. ansumani says:

    They dug their own grave ….fitting end. Nicely done story.

  8. Margaret says:

    I could almost admire their ingenuity, if it wasn’t for the traffic carnage they caused. It would have to be a freak foul-up that brought them undone. Good story.

  9. Too bad they just didn’t steal the grate and holed up, rather than holed down.

  10. plaridel says:

    when times are tough, folks find clever ways to make a quick buck. now let’s see how they would handle the iron bars in their cell. 🙂

  11. Amy Reese says:

    Such an intricate plan, too. Something is bound to go wrong. Very original, Mick.

  12. Dear Mick,

    Foiled at their own hands. Gotta love it.



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