This seems like a massive marketing stunt to me, but apparently not. Police in Germany have launched a hunt for a real-life cookie monster, who stole a giant golden biscuit and is holding it for ransom. The prized possession was stolen straight from the Bahlsen biscuit company, best know for the yummy Leibniz butter biscuits.
The golden biscuit formed part of a sign, which has hung above Bahlsen's headquarters in Hanover since 1913. A ransom note was sent to a local newspaper, including a photo of the Cookie Monster taking a chunk out of the biscuit. The ransom demand seems quite reasonable to me:
"I have the biscuit! You want it and therefore you want on one day in February, to give biscuits to all the children in Bult hospital. But those with milk chocolate, not those with dark chocolate and not those without chocolate. And a golden biscuit for the child cancer ward."
Bahlsen responded to the monster via the medium of Facebook, saying it would donate 52,000 packets of biscuits to the charities, if the golden slab was returned unharmed. Let's hope the monster trades the gold one for a real cookie and all ends well. If it is a marketing stunt, it's a pretty damn good one. [Haz, Independent]
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