The story of the foolish thieves goes like this:
Two thieves with knives walked up to a man and demanded $100. The man, in turn, offered $70 and warned them that the police would soon arrive. An argument ensued.
In the end, the thieves were seen walking away, patting each other on the back for their success, with three pennies between them.note: the details of this story do vary. In some versions, the man offered only $66; in some, he offered nothing. Some versions even claim the man was the devil himself (also I consider this superstitious nonsense). However, most all versions agree on this: the two thieves were truly fools.