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Blockbuster Employee Stabs Himself to Get out of Work

Aaron Siebers decided to play hooky from his shift at Blockbuster Video.

Instead of calling in sick, he stabbed himself and made a false report that he was attacked by three Hispanic males.

Siebers, a 29-year-old Blockbuster employee, admitted to knifing himself in the leg because he didn't want to work his shift at the video store in Edgewater Colorado, the Denver Post reports.

Siebers was taken to the hospital and received numerous stitches to close the leg wound, police said.

Following Siebers' false report, the Lakewood Police Department set up a large perimeter and began a manhunt for the suspects. They also brought K-9 units into search for the perpetrators, near a Target store where Siebers claimed he was attacked.

While investigating the incident police reviewed video from surveillance cameras at the Target store, and discovered that no attack had taken place near the store as Siebers claimed.

One camera captured Siebers as he left the bus near the Blockbuster store and he was not limping.

When confronted by authorities with evidence from the surveillance cameras, he told them he made up the knife attack because he didn't want to go to work.

According to the police report, Siebers claimed to have torn his work issued khakis skateboarding and feared getting written up if he went to work without the required uniform.

The reported attack drew five police agencies to the scene, officials said.

Upon his release from the hospital, Siebers was arrested and charged with false reporting and obstructing a police officer, both misdemeanors.

"If you are going to concoct a story about being stabbed, don't do it near a Target store," said Lakewood police spokesman Steve Davis.

Next time maybe calling in sick to work or explaining how you slipped on a banana peel would be easier.

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