It’s one of those stories that’s just too bizarre to believe.
Twelve inmates at a prison in Alabama have bust out of jail by using peanut butter to paint an emergency exit to look like their jail cell.
Yup, this is a thing that actually happened.
As reported by The Guardian, the inmates tricked an inexperienced new prison guard by changing the room numbers with peanut butter, creating a fake sign that made an exit look like a prison cell.
The guard thought that he was opening the door to a prisoner’s cell in order to put him back into confinement, when instead, he was opening a door to the outside of the prison. The moment this implausible ruse worked, twelve prisoners gang rushed the door, bursting out before the guard could react.
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As of Tuesday, only one prisoner was still at large – Bradley Andrew Kilpatrick of Cordova is currently being hunted by police. All other inmates have been arrested.
This just goes to show that in the wrong hands, peanut butter can be a powerful and dangerous tool. The next time you’re trying to find a room in a building you’re not familiar with, it’s acceptable to taste the door signs, just in case.