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Friday, June 29, 2007

Weinermobile

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The Oscar Mayer Weinermobile lives in our town, and we see it driving around. The following story and picture were in our local newspaper today:

Let’s be frank - that car looks suspicious

From staff and wire reports
Published Friday, June 29, 2007

The famous Oscar Mayer Weinermobile sports a homecoming message while rolling down sixth street.<br /><br />Ed Pfueller photo<br />dit/oct 2004/news/Homecoming Parade ep Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer ... car thief?

An Arizona Highway Patrol officer who ran the Wienermobile’s plates as the vehicle traveled for a promotion briefly thought the giant hot dog on wheels was, well, hot.

The Wienermobile was on the road for a promotion in which contestants sing the Oscar Mayer jingle for a shot at appearing in a commercial and winning "American Idol" tickets.

The 27-foot-long, 11-foot-tall vehicle was in a construction zone in downtown Tucson on Wednesday, slowing traffic. Officer Korey Lankow caught up to it and ran its "YUMMY" license plate to make sure it was street-legal.

The plate came back as stolen. Lankow pulled over the Wienermobile, and two more officers arrived to help.

It turns out someone had indeed stolen the "YUMMY" plate off the Wienermobile in Columbia back in February. Oscar Mayer officials reported the theft to police there, company spokeswoman Syd Lindner said. The company got a replacement YUMMY plate that same month and notified police in Missouri, Lindner said.

But the plate still came back as stolen Wednesday, with no note that it was OK if found on the Wienermobile itself.

The Wisconsin vanity plate was reported stolen Feb. 18 as the Wienermobile was parked in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Select, Columbia police Capt. Tom Dresner said.

"I could understand why someone would steal that plate," Dresner said. "It’d look good on your fireplace or something."

The license plate had been replaced with a California one that expired in 2005 and oddly enough was also registered to Kraft Foods, Dresner said.

Jeff Kendell, 23, of Salt Lake City was a passenger - or "hot dogger" in Oscar Mayer lingo - in the rolling wiener. Not missing a beat, Kendell handed out wiener whistles to the officers, who took a peek inside the Wienermobile and snapped pictures with digital cameras.

Arizona Highway Patrol spokesman Quent Mehr said Lankow is hearing plenty about it from his buddies.

"The officer, he’s just like, ‘I don’t believe this is happening,’ " Mehr said.

1 comment:

Sitka and Tia's BLAWG! said...

I don't understand why they stole the license plate when they could have taken the HOT DOGS! yumm.

Hugs,
Sitka