Robbery of a precious metals convoy from which neither gold nor platinum is lost, but something else entirely.
I worked in consulting for many years. Undoubtedly, one of the advantages of this profession is that you get to know people from very different backgrounds. Over time, one of my favourite activities became collecting the strangest or enlightening stories that happened to my interviewees.
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The story we will start this series with was told by a trader dealing in precious metals.
The story concerns a certain large copper smelter. As a by-product, small amounts of precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum are produced. They are formed into thick rods and transported to the central bank in the capital from time to time.
Our story begins on the day of the convoy when bars worth millions are loaded into a van.
Right from the start, many problems arise.
The transport must have two drivers and must be guarded by a security guard. However, there is no room for the guard in the cab. There are only two seats for the drivers.
Also, the guard cannot ride in the cargo compartment because it is not designed for transporting people. Regulations prohibit it because it is dangerous, inconvenient and simply unreasonable.
Our group, two drivers and a guard began to wonder how to solve the problem.
– The escort has to be there when we arrive at the bank. They have to see him. Otherwise, we will be punished.
At the same time, there is no room for him in the van.
They take time weighing different options. One possibility is that the escort will go by train. Yes, by train. It is some kind of a solution.
Unfortunately, there is another problem – this time on the railroad. The regulations do not allow the escort to be armed on the train. He is neither a policeman nor a soldier, and only they are allowed to carry weapons on the train.
The situation seems hopeless…