Who Kidnapped Spongebob Squarepants?
on 12/4/2004 (5)
(AP) - With a recent plague of "Spongenappings" sweeping across America, law enforcement officials are hard-at-hand to explain the thefts of the inflatable Nickelodeon character from the roofs of Burger Kings, the charge often leading to a felony conviction and hefty fine.
|Spongebob ransom photo demanding: "A chocolate milkshake with real chocolate in it and a decent straw to suck it through." |
So what's the appeal? Why steal Spongebob?
"Spongenappings" are certainly nothing new. Here are some other examples, worldwide:
Spaghetti Eddies Fat Boy filched (USA):
Sherwood Bear mascot stolen from forest (UK)
Gizzard City fiberglass chicken decapitated, inflatable Shrek stolen, Big Boy lucks out (USA):
Peko-chan kidnapped, auctioned on Yahoo for ¥250,000 (Japan): http://www.chipple.net/mt/archives/000724.php
Mr. Shrimps head stolen (USA):
Why someone would steal a mascot is unclear, but it is probably a mix of teen rebellion and trivial teen values, as most of the perpetrators are teenagers.
As teens struggle into adulthood, they covet symbols of prestige, and the act of stealing a mascot, (both the brazen act and the trophy), is considered a status symbol among their social peer group . Fortunately, the passage into adulthood usually remedies the problem, as the perception of what is considered prestigious is shifted to more adult values, like obtaining high-paying jobs, houses and automobiles (hopefully legitimatly).
It also explains all those hood ornaments missing from luxury cars on my street in the 80's, although I didn't have anything to do with that. ;)"0"<0" style
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