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Hungry boys panic, jump through store window

The Local · 27 Nov 2012, 09:57

Published: 27 Nov 2012 09:57 GMT+01:00

The two boys, aged 13 and 14, were so overcome with hunger during the night that they sneaked out of their house in Bergkamen, North Rhine-Westphalia, to get a fast food fix, regional paper the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung said on Tuesday.

All seemed to be going to plan as they made their way to the nearest McDonald's - until at around 3:30 am they noticed a police car and panicked, thinking that their parents had realized they were missing and rung the authorities.

Perhaps delirious from hunger, they ran from the officers – who had not been sent by their parents – towards a car showroom. The 13-year-old jumped head first through the front window pane.

Luckily neither of them were badly hurt, but wound up facing the police who wanted to know what they were doing on the floor of the dealership, surrounded by glass. They were later treated in hospital for minor cuts and taken back to their parents.

“It was here that not only their getaway, but also their nighttime jaunt, came to an end,” said the police statement.

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Your comments about this article

12:52 November 27, 2012 by heathen
Future Darwin Award winners?
13:41 November 27, 2012 by lifeinberlin
The phrasing of this article is either ridiculous, or ridiculously brilliant.
14:45 November 27, 2012 by raandy
"" Perhaps delirious from hunger, they ran from the officers "

come on "delirious " ??, get a grip who ever wrote this.
18:10 November 27, 2012 by marimay
McDonalds was the excuse if they got caught trying to steal a car.
18:35 November 27, 2012 by Leo Strauss

I agree. These two Hamburglers told a Whopper.
09:18 November 28, 2012 by wood artist
@heathen Nah, it's just what happens. Here in the US that used to be called a "Big Mac Attack." I had no idea they got those in Germany too.

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