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It's Hard to Convey How Hysterically Pathetic This Man's Attempt to Get Away With a Crime Is – But the Video Speaks for Itself

After reviewing the video, the claim against Metro was tossed and Owens was hit with second-degree fraud, a felony.

(Via Washington Post video)

Back in August, Maurice Owens claims he slipped on a banana peel as he was getting off the elevator at the Potomac Avenue Metro Station in Washington, D.C. The fall, he says, resulted in injuries to his hip and leg.

Naturally, the 42-year-old man sued the transit agency for $15,000 in damages, including $4,500 for chiropractor bills, the Washington Post reports.

Then the video from the surveillance camera in the elevator emerged. The footage proved Owens' claims so completely false that he now faces criminal charges for fraud.

Just how damaging is the video to the man's case? Watch via the Washington Post:

Owens can be seen looking directly into the surveillance camera moments before a banana peel -- which wasn't on the floor when he got on the elevator -- magically appears. He then looks directly into the camera one more time before exiting the elevator and "slipping" on the banana peel.

Owens then had the audacity to ask why a custodian had "not cleaned up the banana peel prior to his entering the elevator," according to the police report.

(Via Washington Post video)

No banana.

Banana.

...and he fell.

After reviewing the video, the claim against Metro was tossed and Owens was hit with second-degree fraud, a felony.

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