Think about it, you’re laying in your bed, dreading your upcoming work shift. Just the stress of dealing with the negativity at your workplace causes you to snooze your alarm once again. Your mind starts to think about possible excuses you could use to call out of work. Your mental health is really important, you could take a mental health day. Or say you have a flat tire. Maybe, you’ll say you got kidnapped.
Sound quite bizarre right?
Brandon Soules was arrested last week on a charge of false reporting to law enforcement in Coolidge, Arizona. Soules was accused of going to the extreme lengths of planning a fake kidnapping so he could get out of work. In a statement, the police said that Soules, 19, admitted to detectives that he made up the kidnapping that led to his arrest on Feb. 17th.
Which it took the detectives up to a week to figure out that Soules kidnapping story was all a hoax. On Feb. 10th, officers were first called at 5:25 pm where they were responding to a report about an injured man in an area near train tracks. The person who called the police also stated that the man was going in and out of consciousness. When police officers arrived at the scene the injured man was Soules, whose hands were bound behind his back and he had a purple bandana stuffed inside his mouth.
According to the arrest report, Soules goes on to tell the officers that after completing some errands in the morning, he returned home where two masked men attacked and abducted him. He also claims that they also struck him in the back of his head to knock him unconscious. Soules also stated that the men that kidnapped him drove him around in a vehicle before they left him in the area where the police found him.
The police took Soules to the hospital where he was evaluated and interviewed by the police. When asked why would someone kidnap him, Soules wasn’t afraid to admit that it was due to his father having a large amount of money hidden throughout the desert.
The police spent days reviewing evidence, viewing video surveillance, and even interviewing people that Soules mentioned in his report. The hospital that Soules was evaluated at reported that he didn’t have any concussion or injury to his head. Which was one of the things that caused Soules’s kidnapping report to start to crumble. The police also stated that they did not find any text messages or phone calls that Soules described to them when he reported what happened.
After repeatedly confronting Soules and questioning his story after realizing the many holes in his story, Soules finally confessed that it was all a hoax. A hoax to get him out of his job at a car shop called the Tire Factory. The car shop has yet to make a comment on the situation, but as of today Soules’s Facebook account states, he no longer works there.
With the huge fine that Soules has to pay alongside possible jail time, in the near future, let’s hope that no one tries his insane idea to get out of work. It’s always a much clever way to try to avoid going to work.