Alleged Shoplifters Blame Their Ears

Georgia women tell police they didn't hear 'Tax-Free Holiday' correctly
By Brownie Marie,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2015 10:34 AM CDT
Alleged Shoplifters Blame Their Ears
Brittany Yawn   (DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office)

Good try but no: Two Georgia women who were arrested for shoplifting on Friday tried to tell police that it was all a hearing-based misunderstanding. Police say Simone Norris, 26, and Brittany Yawn, 23, stole Ralph Lauren shirts, Nike pants, jackets, jeans, and more from the Von Maur store at Perimeter Mall near Atlanta, according to the Journal-Constitution. When confronted, the women allegedly told police that they misheard Georgia's Tax Free Holiday as "Free Holiday," as in free merchandise.

Police didn't buy it, and the fact that one of the women was allegedly wearing a pair of jeans with sweatpants on top—in the Georgia heat, no less—likely didn't help their case. Norris and Yawn were charged with felony shoplifting and released on bond on Saturday. (Here's another classic bad-excuse story.)

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