As dares go, it was somewhat strange, and would take unusual daring to carry it out.
When Pham Quang Vinh of Nha Trang City posted an online advertisement selling his 600cc motorbike, a hitherto unidentified friend of Nguyen Tan Hieu, a 26-year-old big bike enthusiast in HCM City, dared him to steal it.
If he succeeded, the friend would pay him VND100 million (US$4,500), and if he failed, Hieu would have to pay $450.
Hieu hit upon an elaborate plan to pull off the dare. Pretending to be a potential buyer, he asked the bike's owner to meet him at a hotel.
As the negotiations proceeded smoothly, Hieu proceeded to prod Vinh with an electric rod, the plan being to stun the latter and make his getaway, presumably on the stolen motorbike.
But Hieu was in for a shock. The voltage imparted to Vinh was not enough to knock him out, and he came out fighting as Hieu reached for his second rod.
Hieu was forced to flee to a hotel balcony and wait for the police to rescue him, whereupon he narrated the tale of the dare.
We don't know yet if the police have bought the story, or become suspicious instead about the origin of other big bikes that Hieu reportedly has in his possession.
A group of overseas Vietnamese recently returned to
the homeland on a sacred mission – preserving pagodas and churches. To raise funds, they offered to enact plays for free at these venues, stealing the heart of their audiences.
However, after a few such performances, it dawned on someone that more than hearts were being stolen at the holy venues, each of which reported some valuable artifacts and/or money missing after the plays were held.
Soon, police in the central province of Quang Tri got in on the act, and a few arrests were made.
It turned out that the benefactors and actors were putting on an act, literally and otherwise. At the end of every play, one of the characters would make a speech, during which the rest of the actors found things to steal.
The gang's mastermind, an amateur theater actor Hoang Minh Tam, came up with the scheme after finding out during his work experience as a tour bus operator that security was lax at religious sites in the central provinces.
Last we heard, Tam and associates were headed towards a secure facility.
Ho Ho Ho turns Ha Ha Ha
Dressing up as Santa Claus to deliver presents to children has become a part-time job for many Vietnamese youngsters in recent years.
As the big day draws near, the number of deliveries that these diligent Santas have to make increases significantly, and some slip-ups are bound to happen. Twist-in-the-tale offers some cautionary tales for wannabe Santas.
"Santa, where is your beard?" asked Mai Thanh Thao's eight year-old-boy as he received his gift. Apparently the fake beard had been too big and got blown away as Santa sped on his bike.
As eight-year-olds are wont to do, the boy rubbed it in. As the beardless Santa blushed, he said: "Maybe, the next time, you should use reindeers instead of motobikes!"
Another Santa Claus, handing out presents in another household, had no such problems. Beard intact, he boomed: "Ho, ho ho, where are you, Baby Dung! Come out and get your present!"
The family froze for a few seconds, then burst into laughter. A middle-aged man came out of the kitchen, smiling: "Dung is here for his present!"
Santa had kinda forgotten to read his delivery notes beforehand, and did not know that the wife had brought presents for her husband as well as her kids.
The kids were thrilled. They had got more than they'd bargained for. "Santa called dad Baby!" "Santa called Dad Baby!," they chanted.
Merry Christmas! — VNS