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Now every good criminal knows – take no pictures, DENY DENY DENY. This kid decided it would be a really great idea to take a picture of himself burglarizing a house. What makes it even better, is that he used the victim’s cellphone to take the picture.

Did he accidentally leave the cellphone somewhere after stealing it from the home? NO! He tossed it back onto the floor of the house he was burglarizing!

After taking a picture of himself!

If this guy doesn’t win an award for being the dumbest criminal of the year, I have no faith left in web awards.

There is one thing though, he will be internet famous for the rest of his life!

Special Thanks to Lee Utterback from Twitter for showing us this story – @LeeIsAwesome !~

Criminals as of lately are getting smarter with how they perform their crimes, from breaking into a bank through an air duct to ripping apart an ATM machine by pulling it off its hinges with a truck. As if that were bad enough, a city in a Tokyo district with a population of just over 500,000 faced 1,710 break-ins in 2002, setting some sort of crazy record.

Obviously this really pissed off the Japanese, so they dropped their sushi and samurai swords and got their heads together to figure out how to solve the problem. Obviously more cops wouldn’t be terribly effective, nor would arming their citizens better. No. Their solution:

Flowers.

It looks so innocent, but don’t let it fool you

The Japanese started “Operation Flower” about 3 years ago. I’m sure the not-scary name came along just to fool the bastard criminals trying to rob stuff. Interestingly, these flowers don’t have tiny security cameras attached to them, nor do they have motion-sensing devices, and no, they don’t explode, dammit!

The whole idea is actually pretty basic. See, they encourage inhabitants to place the flowers facing the street, because they figured out that if you can’t see the criminals then you can’t catch them. Downright genius, isn’t it?

But hey guess what, it actually works. It brought down crime almost 80% since 2002. Now I really want to call bullsh*t on this, because seriously, do Japanese people really give that much of a damn about flowers to be tending to them for enough time to thwart any possible evildoer? I really want some feedback on that.

But for my American readers, remember the gun-control issue going around in the senate and stuff from time to time? Maybe we should just tell Obama to use a few billion dollars more on flowers. I can already envision a catch phrase for it:

“F3@r Flowers”

If this ever happens, Wacky Issues invented it, I’ll even add a trademark sign.

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