A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 07, 2017
“Why did the bank robber take a bath?"/"So he could make a clean getaway.”

A robbery riddle is:

Q: Why did the bank robber take a bath?
A: So he could make a clean getaway.


“A Boston robber who shaved and dressed up to loot a residence must have wanted to make a clean getaway” was printed in 1927 newspapers. “Q. Why did the bandit take a bath? A. He wanted to make a clean getaway” was printed in 1972 newspapers.


8 June 1927, Edwardsville (IL) Intelligencer, “Barbs,” pg. 4, col. 5:
A Boston robber who shaved and dressed up to loot a residence must have wanted to make a clean getaway.

16 December 1972, Cumberland (MD) News, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. Why did the bandit take a bath?
A. He wanted to make a clean getaway.
(Carol Stewart, Cumberland)

14 July 1973, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Mini Jokes,” The Mini Page, pg. 3, col. 1:
Q. Why did the robber take a bath?
A. He wanted to make a clean getaway.
Sheri Hartzell—Clymer

Google Books
Do Bananas Chew Gum?
By Jamie Gilson
New York, NY: Pocket Books
1981
Pg. 130:
“You mean jokes? Like ‘Why did the robber take a shower at the bank?’”

“Because he wanted to make a clean getaway,” I flipped back.

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Don’t Walk Home Alone
By Beverly Hastings
New York, NY: Jove
1985
Pg. 13:
“Oh, I know! Why did the robber take a bath?”

Kate pondered and then shrugged helplessly. “I give up. Why did he?”

“Because he wanted to make a clean getaway.”

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More One Liners, Jokes and Gags
Compiled by Grant Tucker
London, UK: Biteback Publishing Ltd
2013
Pg. ?:
Why did the robber take a bath before he stole from the bank? He wanted to make a clean getaway.

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Jokes For Kids:
300 Funny Trick Questions For Kids

By Jim Hogan
Pronoun
2017
Pg. ?:
Q: Why did the robber take a bath?
A: Because he wanted to make a clean getaway.

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Srsly Best Jokes Ever:
Jokes for Kids

By Chantelle Grace
Racine, WI: BroadStreet Kids
2017
Pg. ?:
Why did the robber take a bath before he stole from the bank?
He wanted to make a clean getaway.

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3:07 PM - 7 Sep 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Thursday, September 07, 2017 • Permalink