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Fascinating True Stories from the Flip Side of History

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Brassiere Brigade

Here’s the story of a number of women who worked for Southern Bell in Miami back in 1950. Poorly paid and dreaming of a much better life, they figured out a unique way to smuggle money out of the coin counting room at the company’s headquarters. It was such a profitable operation that they were able to pay their legal fees in quarters.

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Phone Picker Arrested

Between the years of 1981 and 1988, someone was breaking into pay telephones across the United States, costing the Bell System an estimated half-million dollars.  It was believed by investigators to have been the work of just one man, since the phone locks were considered to be unpickable.  And, to show that he had a sense of humor, the crook always checked into cheap motels using the alias “James Bell.”  Continue Reading