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Friday, January 21, 2005

Nationwide Crime Wave: Spongebob Thefts UPDATED

ANNOUNCEMENT James Dobson, leader of Focus on the Family, has condemned the cartoon character mentioned below as promoting the gay lifestyle among children.  The piece below was posted as depicting an amusing, rather trivial crime trend, and in no way was intended to promote or denigrate any particular sexual behavior or set of sexual behaviors among people or, for that matter, cartoon characters. [Jack Chin]


50 to 100 of several thousand inflatable Spongebob Squarepants balloons attached to Burger Kings as part of a promotion have been stolen by fans in at least 10 states.  One pair of theives was caught after trying to escape with the 6 foot Spongebob by hailing a taxi.  (Photo: Scene of a successful theft). [Jack Chin]  Evidently, these thefts are being taken seriously.  A New Orleans 17-year-old found in possession without a plausible explanation was charged with theft.  The inflatables are listed on eBay for up to $500. [Jack Chin]

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I was browsing the net when I come across this article. It’s quite unusual that the complainant really took this one seriously. Maybe the accused thieves weren’t aware of this one. I guess these guys are just fans of Spongebob.

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