Hi

I heard this line in a certain movie: Crime never pays. What does it mean? Could you please tell me? Thanks.
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Hi,

I usually hear it in the form of 'Crime does not pay'.

Crime never rewards criminals.

Criminals do not profit from crime.

It's a well-known saying, although I doubt its validity.

Clive
Taking the long view ("in the long run" - sub specie aeternitatis), as things balance out, you will always lose.

The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay. The Shadow knows!

Radio serial from the 40's Emotion: smile

Edit. I think your version using "never" favors this interpretation (in the end).

That is, you may enjoy short term, or temporary benefits.
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CliveHi,
I usually hear it in the form of 'Crime does not pay'.

Crime never rewards criminals.
Criminals do not profit from crime.

It's a well-known saying, although I doubt its validity.

Clive
I forget who said it now but, "Crime doesn't pay, but at least the hours are good!"
Dave Phillips
CliveHi,I usually hear it in the form of 'Crime does not pay'. Crime never rewards criminals.Criminals do not profit from crime. It's a well-known saying, although I doubt its validity. Clive
I forget who said it now but, "Crime doesn't pay, but at least the hours are good!"
Thank you, all of you.

Does the phrase "the hours" stand for 'short period of time'? Please let me know. Thanks.
No Jackson. It means the working hours.

In other words, crime doesn't pay much money, but you work very little.

It is a joke!
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Thanks, Dave. I get it now.

Regards

Jackson
something that you say which means if you do something illegal, you will probably be caught and punished Police arrests are being given maximum publicity as a reminder that crime doesn't pay.
I have heard it in an indian serial crime patrol and most often I hear this, it means that crime does not give any sort of significance to the criminal. He has to pay for it one day. Even if the criminal have done the crime in greed of money or something else so he does not get any reward for it.. One day he has to be caught and his conscience would kill him so the money he is getting from the crime becomes useless after a while..
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