Strategic Canadian Syrup Reserve Robbed [update]
September 8, 2012
Filed under, “No, really, this could only happen in Canada“:
TORONTO—Sticky-fingered thieves made off with as much as 30 million Canadian dollars (US$30.4 million) worth of maple syrup from a little-known strategic reserve in rural Quebec—leaving authorities to investigate just how much is missing and where it has gone.
The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers said late Thursday that during a routine inventory check at a facility that stores some 10 million pounds of syrup, inspectors discovered barrels had been emptied and reported “missing a large quantity of maple syrup.”
Quebec produces about 75% of the world’s maple syrup. Despite the theft, the federation said there would be no immediate impact on world-wide syrup supply.
We’re picturing the strategic Canadian syrup reserve being guarded by packs of vicious moose:
Okay, not vicious, really. More just curious, but wary moose.
Sweet, huh? (Sorry.)
More here, including a fancy syrup graph.
P.S. If we had a time machine, we’d put that story in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Canada, Eh.
Update, December 20, 2012: The New York Times has the latest.
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