crime does not pay
Lawbreakers do not benefit from their actions. For example, Steve didn't think it mattered that he stole a candy bar, but he's learned the hard way that crime does not pay. This maxim, originating as a slogan of the F.B.I. and given wide currency by the cartoon character Dick Tracy, was first recorded in 1927. There have been numerous jocular plays on it, as in Woody Allen's screenplay for Take the Money and Run (1969): “I think crime pays. The hours are good, you travel a lot.”
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Did he denounce the involvement of organized crime in the abduction and disappearance of 43 students in the nearby city of Iguala?
But they say its effect on the regular daily operation of organized crime has been negligible.
The anti-crime cops began searching the likely path of flight.
Which is impossible unless people talk publicly rather than letting each crime be its own isolated incident.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Denied parole nine straight times, he insists he is innocent of the crime for which he was convicted.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Now, on my first day here, you pay me back for what I did then—as if it needed paying back!Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
“We shall make Mr. Pickwick pay for peeping,” said Fogg, with considerable native humour, as he unfolded his papers.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Such throats are trying, are they not?In case one catches cold; Ah, yes!
Condillac after the marquis's death had refused to pay tithes to Mother Church and has flouted and insulted the Bishop.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Of course, newly acquired Ferns will pay for extra attention in the way of watering until they have secured a proper roothold.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin