What bizarre stories and videos does the internet truly bless us with? Well today, we found out that even diplomats are just like us, and not in a good way.
A video has emerged that captures Mexico’s Ambassador to Argentina stealing a book worth $10 from a bookstore.
The footage consists of Mexican ambassador Óscar Ricardo Valero Recio Becerra shoplifting a book from a renowned bookstore – El Ateneo – in Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.
You can watch the incriminating video below:
The 76 year old ambassador can be hastily seen snooping a book from the library shelf and wrapping it up with a newspaper.
All seems fine and dandy, and it looks like the ambassador is going to get away with it. But the wheels of justice, spun just in time. The alarm bells did their job, alerting security to catch the ambassador.
The Ambassador, in order to prove his innocence tried to showcase all of the purchased items on receipt. Except for the stolen book, which was wrapped up in a newspaper.
About the Book
The book he was trying to steal was a biography of 18th-century Italian adventurer, author and playboy Giacomo Casanova. The bookstore alerted the authorities, but Valero escaped charges due to this diplomatic immunity.
The Argentine news website Infobae, proclaimed the price of the Casanova biography was literally worth chump change. It went for 189 Argentinian Peso or US $10. In retrospect, Valero’s monthly salary is 234,000 pesos (US $12,160).
The foreign affairs authorities in Mexico have issued a stern warning against the ambassador. If found guilty, he will be discharged from his position effective immediately under a zero tolerance policy for dishonesty.
Moral of the story: “Dont Steal.”