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Kidnapped Mr. Potato Head Goes on a 'Half-Baked Adventure' in Las Vegas

Photo: Mr. Potato Head's Half-Baked Adventure / Union Street Grill & Grotto
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Add Mr. Potato Head to the long list of shit people steal from restaurants. The Mr. Potato head pictured above was stolen from the British Columbia restaurant Union Street Grill & Grotto about a month ago, reports. The restaurant announced on its blog last week that the toy was returned along with a digital picture frame and a note that said "Mr. Potato Head's Half-Baked Adventure: Turn me on and enjoy."

The photos tell the story of Mr. Potato Head's romp through the American Southwest. Apparently the stolen toy was taken to the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and a Maroon 5 concert. This isn't the first time a restaurant's stolen property has been taken on a tour. Last year, a statue from a Scottish pub was stolen and subsequently photographed all over Scottland.

Unlike that story, however, the Mr. Potato Head theft does not seem to be a deliberate publicity stunt. The owners say on the Union Street Grill's blog: "We thought this was a funny story and we wanted to share it." Head over to the blog for more photos from the trip, including Mr. Potato Head being sick and Mr. Potato Head drinking in an airplane cockpit.

· Restaurant's Mr. Potato Head goes on 'half-baked' Vegas adventure [ via Eater Vegas]
· All Shit People Steal Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Union Street Grotto & Grill

477 5 St, Courtenay, BC V9N 1J7, Canada