In possibly the sweetest example of sticky-fingered larceny in world history, tonnes of Canadian maple syrup has been lifted from a warehouse in Quebec, which held more than $30m worth of the pancake friendly liquid.
While police say it’s too early to tell how much was heisted from the St-Louis-de-Blandford warehouse, Sergeant Richard Gagné reports “we know that it’s millions of dollars that was stolen”. “It’s a very large amount.”
The heist is a devastating blow to sweet syrup scoffers around the globe, as Quebec allegedly produces around 80% of the world’s supply, the majority of which is sent to the US.
Equally devastated are the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, who only discovered what is now known as ‘the great Canadian maple syrup caper’ after a routine inspection uncovered empty barrels.
It is believed the shrewd syrup swipers decanted the product into other containers, with the intention to sell it on the black market.
The federation have said if the thieves sell the syrup, the entire industry would be affected. “It is crucial to identify those responsible for this crime,” they said.
Sylvain Charlebois, researcher of food policy at the University of Guelph, said the federation has been working hard to make inroads into the Asia market, where citizens were on the verge of thunderous syrup slurping.
Meanwhile, Anne-Marie Granger Godbout, executive director of the federation, is trying to reassure millions of startled syrup supporters, saying “we still have enough maple syrup, there will be no shortage”.
However, many are wondering why thieves took the trouble to swipe so much Canadian maple syrup. Was it really for reselling, or was there an ulterior motive?
Frank Furter, food and franchise expert into Asia relations, says it’s no coincidence the syrup disappeared whilst Asian demand for the golden treacle is booming.
He says a new Asian craze has developed where people enter a sauna before smothering themselves in maple syrup, only for it to harden considerably before participants engage in full combat toffee wrestling.
Robert Yobb says
Bloody Nora Andy those asia crime bosses think of everything ah. They’d steal your toe nail clippings if there was a market for ’em. Christ almighty…
This world is going to hell in a hand basket mate, tell ya what. Personally I think maple syrup is bloody awful I had some on my snags and eggs this morning, those bloody canadians are mad, and so are the yanks. As for asians, what the hell do those slopes want to go stealing sweet sauces from other sovereign states, seems silly to me. Well as Ned said ‘such is life’.
Salutations cobber, get a dog up ya, asian style ha ha
Andy Tope says
Mr Yobb, what a fitting name for views such as yours.
Why don’t you take a trip out there and investigate this full contact toffee wrestling? You might learn something.