In Massachusetts, a man wearing a ski mask and carrying a sword in a scabbard tried to hold up a dry cleaners. In a classic Not-Really-A-Ninja move, he first went to a nearby convenience store with said ski mask on and said sword in scabbard in plain view. Presumably he was trying to carb up for his later efforts in the dry cleaners. Maybe picking up some beef jerky, some Cheetos and a Red Bull. You know, ninja food. Well, the clerk in the store decides to call the cops, when Mr. Not-Really-A-Ninja asks, in an obvious homage to Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver, if the clerk is talking about him as he hurriedly takes off the ski mask. When the clerk tells him, "Uhmm, yeah," he takes off. Later attempt at holding up the dry cleaners fails, as the person there claims "I can't open the money drawer." This guy is so Not-Really-A-Ninja, I have to wonder if his sword is sharp. Also, the total ignorance tactic seems to work for dry cleaner clerks when faced with inept ninja-tude. Just remember to take a note of that, dry cleaner clerks everywhere.
In Nearly-Ninja News, a man under arrest for posing as a ninja during an armed robbery last August got into more trouble this week. The news of note is that, after being caught, still waiting for a trial, he was being moved from one cell to another for a disciplinary infraction when he resisted. Jailer grabs the suspect's arm and executes a take-down. But apparently there was some Ninja-dom in this suspect, as the deputy ended up going knee-first into the concrete floor, causing him "extreme pain." Of course, the news is that said deputy has filed a criminal complaint. "Interference with official acts causing injury." At least it wasn't the suspect suing the deputy.
Expect more Ninja News as it breaks.