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The Golden Cookie Ransom and Other German Food Shenanigans

January 31, 2013

Germany has been hit by two strange food crimes in recent weeks. The latest occurred in Hanover, at the Bahlsen factory, the home of the Choco Leibniz cookie. Someone calling himself Krümel Monster aka Cookie Monster sent a ransom note to a German newspaper along with a photo of someone dressed as Sesame Street's Cookie Monster taking a bite out of the golden cookie that had been stolen from a statue at Bahlsen HQ (shown above in its original location). The thief's demands are milk chocolate cookies for all the children at a local hospital (he specified no dark chocolate or no-chocolate cookies for the sick kids and "golden biscuits" for the children in the cancer ward) and the donation of the $1,350 reward (for the statue's return) to an animal shelter, according to reports. The ransom note and accompanying photo is priceless. Take a look here. This incident comes a couple of weeks after a statue of the expressionist artist Käthe Kollwitz was defaced with spätzle in Berlin by a group called Free Schwabylon. The attack is part of a growing division between Berliners and Swabian immigrants to the German capital. One paper called the perpetrators "dough terrorists." I'm not sure I would call either act terrorism, though Hanover police are apparently very serious in their investigation of the Cookie Monster thief. No charges are pending following the spätzle attack. (Photo: dierk schaefer/Flickr)

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