A convicted burglar slipped out of prison in Texas to make a late-night run to Wal-Mart for cigarettes, then slipped back in. About 70 different times. The 19-year-old reportedly dyed his prison uniform with coffee so he wouldn't raise eyebrows at the store, reports the Austin American-Statesman. It also helped that he worked as a prison trusty in a fenceless unit.
Officials only got wise by reviewing Wal-Mart’s surveillance footage, which is apparently much better than the prison’s, and the testimony of an informant. A miffed state senator puts the latest bungle in the context of a “system that’s had cell phones on death row” and “that had a loaded pistol turn up in a maximum-security unit.” This incident “might be funny if it weren’t absurd.” Also, why does Wal-Mart have “better security cameras than our prisons?”