There was the time [roadie] Smotherman got caught with Bruce Springsteen’s signature jean jacket in his bag.
Whenever a show was finished and the band cleared out, the first guy in the dressing room reaped the spoils of what was left behind,” Smotherman explained. “My friend thought the band had left, so he went in and found Springsteen’s jean jacket sitting right there on the table. He thought it’d be a good souvenir, so he took it and put it in my bag until he could tell me.”
About 10 minutes later, Smotherman said the show promoter approached Smotherman and the crew and said, “Springsteen’s jacket is missing.”
“Everyone was flipping out,” Smotherman said. “I wanted to show them it wasn’t me, so when they asked if they could look in my bag, I said yes. When they opened the bag and pulled out his jacket, I was gobsmacked. I was standing there, with eyes as big as saucers, swearing I didn’t take it.”