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Teens forced to dress up like 'Flintstones'

Teens' Punishment For Stealing? Dress Up As 'Flintstones'

A comic book store owner came up with a unique punishment for three teenagers who confessed to stealing his Flintmobile.

Yes - the Flintmobile, like Fred Flintstone's car. But this was in Sacramento, not the town of Bedrock.

Despite how silly their theft was, KOVR reports the store's owner agreed not to press charges if the three boys dressed up as Fred, Barney and Wilma.

We're wondering how they decided who took Wilma. Anyway, the story of the car's theft first made national headlines late last year.

The Huffington Post reports the Flintmobile outside "World's Best Comics" was stolen in mid-December and wasn't found until almost a month later. The undriveable car weighs in at a hefty 200 pounds.

The store's owner had the boys serve their public punishment on Free Comic Book Day - one of the store's busiest days of the year.

Fred, Barney and Wilma advertised Free Comic Book Day on the side of a busy street. They told KTXL they have learned their lesson and won't be stealing again.

KTXL reports the Flintmobile is now chained down so no one will be able to steal it again. Yabba dabba ... don't.

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loamylam May 06 2014 at 8:17 AM

Another example of shabby news casting. Look at that outfit! Not appropriate for the position she holds. Listen to that voice! soooo sweet and cutsey like all babies. Then, look at the story! IF you can find it. She's too busy showing off her outfit and old film clips to let people view the real story they were supposed to be seeing. Such poor journalism and newscasting would be best off used for kindergarden amusement. They're losing more and more of their audience and too ignorant to understand what happened. Guess one never misses what they never had. Ratings..for beginners

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raptureready1958 May 05 2014 at 6:03 PM

Looks more like fun than a punishment.

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Carolyn raptureready1958 May 05 2014 at 9:37 PM

I'm sure they won't think it's fun when they get heckled at school - But considering the property was found and not destroyed - I think it was generous of the owner to forgo pressing charges - This time- Should they be in trouble again......I also think the parents will be doing their own discipline too - or should be -

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loren1912 May 05 2014 at 6:01 PM

I disagree with those who say that that wasn't a bad enough punishment. I think the owner had the right idea.

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mkdogolfs May 05 2014 at 5:49 PM

Hardly humiliating...I expect the boys enjoyed it.

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Lori May 05 2014 at 5:19 PM

perhaps in this case the punishment worked. who knows? I hope they won't steal anymore.

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Deb May 05 2014 at 5:05 PM

I don't know how this store owner thinks that those teens dressing up as "Flinstones" is punishment. Teens these days have no sense of right and wrong, so they don't see the importance of their crime. If their friends saw them in their costume, and ribbed these guys, they probably thought the "notoriety" was a big thing, so this isn't going to deter them from stealing again. It may not deter them from committing other crimes, either. It wouldn't surprise me if we see these guys in the news in the near future....because some die hard ACLU lawyer thinks these guys' punishment was cruel and unusual, and so the lawyer is going to sue the store owner on behalf of those teens.

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spike Deb May 05 2014 at 5:46 PM

The teens probably really enjoyed the attention

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loren1912 Deb May 05 2014 at 6:00 PM

Who knows. People can learn from all situations. This may actually make them appreciate the goodness in people, and make them better human beings.

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hark4109 May 05 2014 at 5:02 PM

They were VERY lucky young men!

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vincepowerplay May 05 2014 at 4:45 PM

"A hefty 200 pounds"? Sure, if you’re my 87 year old mother. Then again knowing her tenacity, even she wouldn’t deem that as ‘hefty’.

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fenwaypark9 May 05 2014 at 4:42 PM

Parents must be so proud.

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muffin May 05 2014 at 4:35 PM

This kind of nonsense will lead to more stealing b/c the consequences are laughable. Did the owner get to pass the sentence? Where was the court and judge? Stealing should not be made to look like something to try b/c of how light the sentence here with this case. BTW is this really newsworthy or just a filler b/c it is really stupid/ Now the news station has promoted the teens as having a good day. Wonder what they will steal next?

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ilenedan2 muffin May 05 2014 at 4:52 PM

Gosh. The teens said they learned their lesson. The victim was satisfied and the punishment helped him out on his busiest day. But you would like their lives to be utterly ruined so they never feel like human beings again. Is that the upshot of your comments?

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lyons56bob ilenedan2 May 05 2014 at 5:04 PM

Don't do the crime then you won't do the time. It's actually pretty simple.

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