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Man Steals Severed Big Toe From Bar, An Item Used For "Sourtoe" Cocktail

The mummified human toe is used in the bar's signature drink. 

A bar in Canada is furious after a patron stole their mummified human toe, part of the tavern’s signature cocktail.

Dawson City, Yukon’s The Downtown Hotel is known for its “Sourtoe Cocktail” —  a glass of whiskey that comes served with the severed big toe.

WKBW reported that the legend of the toe began when a runner named Louie Liken had his frostbitten toe amputated in the 1920s and kept it preserved in a jar of alcohol. 50 years later, the toe was brought to the Sourdough Saloon, where the bar began serving the toe in its cocktails. The Downtown Hotel continued the tradition. 

According to the CBC, the toe they’ve been using for the cocktail was stolen by a man from Quebec on Monday. The man reportedly convinced a bartender to let him drink a “Sourtoe” after the nightly 9 to 11 p.m. “toe time.”

"One of the new staff served it to him to be nice. And this is how he pays her back. What a low life," Downtown Hotel spokesman Terry Lee told the CBC.

The toe thief left behind a certificate that he received for finishing the drink. His name was on the certificate. The bar said that man will have to pay a $2,500 fine if the toe isn’t returned. They have “backup toes,” but according to reports, they really want this one back.

In 2013, the establishment lost another toe when a bargoer swallowed it whole with his drink, according to WKBW.


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