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English teachers arrested over McDonald's statue

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two foreigners were arrested by police last Saturday for allegedly stealing a Ronald McDonald statue at a mall in southeastern Pingtung city, local media reported yesterday.

According to local media reports, witnesses called Pingtung City police on Aug. 16 after they saw two foreigners, apparently drunk, carrying the statue.

Video footage of the mall's CCTV shows the two suspects of removing the statue that was originally standing outside the fast food chain store at the mall.

They even posted photographs with the statue before they took it away and put it in front of Pingtung stadium, reports said.

Police later arrested two foreign suspects that were allegedly involved in the case. The two foreigners identified themselves as English teachers in the city and told police that they abducted the statue because they are anti-fast food activists.

They are now facing theft charges.

August 23, 2014    sanertu1@
McDonald's Taiwan should sue them and extract every penny they earned in Taiwan.
August 25, 2014    curtisakbar@
Did they actually steal the statue? What is considered theft? The statue remains outside 24/7, the two just moved it to another location. This is typical behaviour of a minority of people in Anglophone countries and is more common amongst student-aged (early twenties) males.

No big deal, just give them a slap on the wrist and make them do some community service such as cleaning the mall. It is such a shame community service isn't a viable punishment in Taiwan; either go to jail or pay a fine... very rare cases death.
August 26, 2014    happyguy72@
They are dumb... they should simply state they were drunk and put it back.
I think McDonald’s wont press charges just pay for anything broken..

But if you claim yourself to anti-food activist...McDonald’s can and will press charges..

Dumb people funny but dumb.... i stole Bob's Big boy in high school..hahaha
August 27, 2014    troyotsig@
sanertu1@ wrote:
McDonald's Taiwan should sue them and extract every penny they earned in Taiwan.
You're crazy and/or you really love ronald mcdonald
September 2, 2014    flintstone46@
Frat-boys...something Taiwan police don't know anything about and don't know how to respond. Overnight in a cell, 12 minutes in court, scare the crap outa them, and make them put it back. Instead the cops and legal system will spend thousands to treat it like a serious adult crime.
September 4, 2014    wwlee5@
So these English-teaching fools want to advocate slow-food?
September 10, 2014    detrchien@
To the person defending the duo, "the statue remains outside......typical behavior..." I guess we can just take anything you leave outside of your house?
September 15, 2014    jimedstein@
It is not worth to mention that they were foreigners I think.
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