The Weird Workplace

|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/17/2016


OTTAWA — It’s one of the oldest — and most cringe-worthy — tricks in the book. A Royal Canadian Mint employee allegedly smuggled out nearly $180,000 in gold, evading several layers of security by hiding it in his rectum. The case against Leston Lawrence, 35, of Barrhaven, Ont., took place in an Ottawa courtroom. On multiple occasions, Lawrence took small circular chunks of gold — cookie-sized nuggets called pucks — to a gold buyer in the area, according to the National Post. He would then deposit his cheques at a nearby bank, and request the money be wired out-of-country — that is, until an alert bank teller became suspicious and called the RCMP. Lawrence set off the metal detector at the Mint’s secure exit more than any other employee, but always passed searches conducted with a hand-held wand. Investigators found a container of Vaseline in Lawrence’s locker. In total, Lawrence smuggled out 18 pucks.