A Buffalo, NY, parking meter mechanic, for example, ran his lucrative criminal conspiracy one quarter at a time. Over eight years, he managed to steal $210,000, or five tons of quarters from modified meters. That’s a lot of pocket change.
James Bagarozzo, quarter-rich criminal mastermind, had worked out a pretty good system for himself. As a mere parking meter mechanic, he had permission to tinker with the machines, but not to actually access their coin canisters. So in order to skim coin, he just retrofitted some of the older meters with modifications that squirreled away all the quarters in a separate compartment he could access.
If you're a college student or a young professional in your first apartment, you're probably well versed in assembling Ikea furniture. But soon after, those vital hex wrenches always seem to go missing, and when it's time to move your bedroom set, it's off to the hardware store to try and find a replacement. So thank goodness the folks at Nendo came up with a better solution: furniture that assembles using nothing more than the loose change in your pocket.
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