No, this is not a joke...

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Man Steals from Girlfriend to Buy Her Engagement Ring
Staff Reports • August 16, 2010

Caddo Parish authorities have arrested a Shreveport man for stealing a credit card from his girlfriend's purse and using it to purchase her an engagement ring.

Larry Hill, also known as Timothy Butler, 40, was booked into the Caddo Correctional Center for unauthorized use of an access card, stated a news release. Hill is accused of using the credit card, which belonged to his fiancee's employer, to make over $6,405 in purchases.

Hill's bond was set at $150,000.

Okay, I have a few things to say about this. First of all... "Larry Hill, also known as Timothy Butler"... I'm sorry... WHAT?!?! I mean, okay, maybe the guy would have a nickname and be 'also known as Bubba' or 'Mr. J' or 'Snookie' or something. But the guy has two whole names? Did the girlfriend know this? I know what he could also be known as. How about "Idiot"? I think that fits.

So the dude steals his girlfriend's credit card to buy her an engagement ring. Did he really think she was gonna say yes? Did he think she wouldn't find out about it? It appears that what he took out of her wallet was a company credit card. Did he think she wouldn't get fired over that little extravagance? Did he just assume she'd forgive him and they'd live happily ever after when she found out that the rock she's wearing will be coming out of her very own paycheck in order to reimburse the company she works for?

The only thing I can figure is that Larry Hill actually has a second personality named Timothy Butler, who did the card stealing and ring buying, and poor old Larry knows nothing about it.

So I wonder which of the personalities the girl is dating?

This definitely goes into the Real Life is Stranger than Fiction file. Wow.


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