500,000 euros profit: kiosk owner steals the scratch card from a customer – the weakness for long-distance travel and luxury watches can lead a man to make stupid decisions when one has to make a living on the modest income of a kiosk owner. As in the case of the Italian “Tabaccaio” Gaetano Scutellaro, who runs one of these shops in Naples where you can buy lottery tickets and scratch cards in addition to tobacco products and all kinds of odds and ends.
An elderly lady now visited that same shop and asked one of Scutellaro’s employees:
“Young man, can it really be that this scratch card is worth 500,000 euros?”
In view of such a large sum, the employee called his boss over. He took the ticket, took it to the back of the shop … and never came back.
The ticket was actually a winning ticket worth half a million.
Scutellaro therefore believed his big hour had come and ran off on his scooter.
You have to know that the man already had a lot on the kerbholz and had to sit in prison for several robberies. He was even suspected of participating in a robbery in 1989 that killed entrepreneur Sergio Contessa. However, the act could never be proven to him.
However, Scutellaro’s latest act quickly made the rounds in Italy, whereupon the state monopoly company “Agenzia delle accise, dogane e monopoli” (AMD), which issues licenses for tobacco shops, quickly assured gamblers in the country, troubled by the case, that the lot would be blocked .
The thief thought he was particularly clever and opened an account at a bank in Latina, between Rome and Naples, where he deposited the valuable ticket. Then he made his way to Fiumicino Airport to get on a plane to Fuerteventura.
However, it was not clear to the bustling kiosk owner that his brazen action had earned him national fame:
Pretty much every Italian knew his face by now, as the pictures on his Facebook profile had gone viral – accompanied by corresponding comments, of course.
And so it happened that Scutellaro could be arrested before his plane took off.
He tried to explain himself to the officials with an absurd excuse: It was his winning ticket (the tickets are not personalized) and he only wanted to go abroad out of fear.
“They wanted to steal my lot and that’s why I’m reporting the woman,” Scutellaro said of “News24“Quoted.
Allegedly a friend bought him the ticket and the pensioner was only supposed to redeem it, as he had wrongly assumed that the profit would only be 500 euros.
The story did not move, however. Not least because a surveillance camera had filmed Scutellaro as he took the bill and disappeared on the scooter.
The cheated pensioner should now get her winning ticket back, which, however, should take some time with a view to the ongoing investigations.
Scutellaro, on the other hand, is in custody and has since been informed about the withdrawal of his tobacco license. The authorities are also trying to find out why the former shopkeeper is receiving a severely disabled pension.