Hard work and the patient pursuit of wealth do not always pay off, at least in the theft business. Last week Dallas police arrested a cleaning lady at the posh Neiman-Marcus department store on charges of stealing 343 dresses valued at $686,000. Diane Hunt, 32, was accused of smuggling $2,000 designer dresses past an intricate security system and then reselling them through an accomplice. Meanwhile, in Geneva, N.Y., Thomas Hennessey, 45, was allegedly applying the Impuritan Ethic to a greater challenge, albeit for less reward. The unemployed machinist was charged with illegally redeeming 65,000 beer bottles that he had spirited away...

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