When most employees don’t want to come to work, they call out sick. But Sheila Bailey Eubank took things farther — a lot farther.
It all started when police discovered Eubank tied up inside her parked car in a field on Oct. 10.
Once untied, Eubank told police that while she was withdrawing money from a credit union ATM that morning, a man jumped into her car. Eubank said she was then held at knifepoint and made to drive to a number of different places. (Eubank said she thought these were for drug deals.)
Eubank then claimed she was assaulted before the man tried to choke her with a rope. He then left her tied up in her car.
Let’s go to the tape
That’s a pretty outrageous story — and it quickly began to fall apart.
Police discovered a lottery ticket in Eubank’s car that was purchased during the time Eubank was allegedly being held against her will.
When they pulled the surveillance tape from the convenience store where the ticket was purchased, the tape showed Eubank casually talking with the clerk without a care in the world.
More damning evidence came in the form of the bank’s surveillance tape, which showed Eubank without drawing money from the credit union ATM all alone.
After the police questioned her, Eubank admitted she made the whole story up to “get the day off from work” — and to get a little attention.
That may have worked in the short-term, but Eubank also ended up with something she probably didn’t want: $100,000 in bail costs.