And yes, it happened in New Jersey, where guns are just about outlawed. (Or was it New York? To people living in the Free World, they’re the same thing). The New York Post:
A Mount Carmel woman who died after her arm got caught in the door of a clothing drop-off box was apparently removing bags from the container and was left dangling with her feet off the ground.
Judith Permar, 56, was standing on a step stool Sunday when it collapsed, breaking her arms and wrist and trapping her in the donation box.
Wait, what was she doing?
Stealing stuff. From a charity bin.
“She was fishing bags out and the ladder she was standing on gave way and she couldn’t get her hand loose,” Mount Carmel Township Police Chief Brian Hollenbush said when contacted by phone.
Permar died from blunt force trauma and hypothermia, according to the county coroner.
Permar reportedly went to the drop-off box in Natalie about 2 a.m. Sunday but was not found until 8:30 a.m. Monday. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cause of death: karma. Sure, the death certificate has the boxes for trauma and hypothermia checked, but that’s only because there’s o box for karma.
Bags with clothes and shoes that had been pulled from the bin were on the ground. Permar’s black Hummer was nearby with the engine still running, Hollenbush said.
Hollenbush, who knew Permar, described her as a very nice woman.
Well, apart from the stealing-from-charities bit.
“It wasn’t something that I would expect to be seeing,” he said when asked about the items being removed from the donation bin.
No, this is not something one normally expects to find, but apparently this lady was a serial charity-bin burglar:
In November, police received a report of a woman who was driving a black Hummer removing items from the bin, he said.
Maybe she was new to the whole second-story-man shtick? Because if there’s one thing that those guys value, it’s a good, sturdy ladder.
Family of the thief to sue the ladder manufacturer in 5… 4… 3….