'Drunken Fool' Returns Bar's Mummified Toe
'I was way too drunk and lost my mind'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 23, 2017 2:21 PM CDT
The mummified toe stolen from a Canadian bar last weekend was returned in the mail Thursday.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – Drinkers at a bar in Canada will no longer have to suffer through toe-less cocktails after the return of a missing mummified digit this week. The toe—used as a garnish in the signature "Sourtoe Cocktail" at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City—was first reported missing Sunday, UPI reports. On Tuesday, an unidentified man told police he was mailing the toe back to the bar, according to Alaska Dispatch News. CBC reports the toe arrived at the Downtown Hotel on Thursday along with an apology note. "I'm deeply sorry," the note reads. "I was way too drunk and lost my mind." The note was signed, "Sincerely, A Drunken Fool." The bar's "toe captain" says they're "happy as clams" about the toe's return.

Downtown Hotel policy states anyone who steals a toe (it does have backups, but this was reportedly the only big toe) will be fined $2,500; it's waiving the fine in this case because the toe was returned in good condition—even packed in salt to keep it preserved. "That was really nice, because it can't remain out of the salt for very long," hotel manager Geri Coulbourne says. She credits the worldwide coverage of the stolen toe for convincing the thief it meant too much to the community not to return. The toe—which was donated by a man who had it surgically removed then dehydrated in salt for six months—will return to customers' drinks after passing inspection by Downtown Hotel's "toe master." Dawson City is located in the Yukon about 65 miles from the Alaskan border.

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