As potential crimes go, what’s one step dumber than driving off in a police car?
Stealing a judge’s robe.
This past week, a Philadelphia municipal judge, Joseph C. Waters Jr., took a break from the bench to go to the men’s room.
He left the door to the robing room unlocked. He came back and his robe is gone, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Think about it: Who would steal a judge’s robe? You can’t wear it on the street. You can’t hock it on the street, either (“Psst, buddy. Wanna buy a robe? Barely used.”). You might make it part of a Halloween costume, but then again, you could probably find a robe reasonably cheap at Party City.
I wouldn’t want to representing a defendant before Waters that particular afternoon.
Maybe Philadelphia’s not as tough a town as they would have you believe. A memo went out to all courthouse personnel. Shortly thereafter, reports the ABA Journal, a secretary sheepishly returned it to Waters. She had taken it, thinking it belonged to her boss.