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Mug collectors beware!
Trader Woody
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From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
Posted: 2003-04-01 2:06 pm   Permalink

Just got this off the wire:

"Mug Collectors Targeted"
Collectors of Polynesian-style 'Tiki' mugs may soon find they have to return them to their original owners as a major restaurant chain attempts to reclaim what they say are stolen goods. Trader Vic's, for decades a purveyor of exotic cocktails and South Sea charm are now trying to get many of the mugs, salt & pepper shakers, and crockery lost through the ages to overenthusiastic patrons. "What we are talking about here are essentially items stolen from our restaurants", said a spokesman. "What seems like a fine reminder of a damn good night out, is actually the cause of losses to the restaurant totalling thousands of dollars every year. When these are sold for profit on places like eBay, it's actually no different than buying a CD player off a crack-head pimp in a sleazy bar."

Buyers and sellers in Tiki mugs are to be traced and their 'booty' confiscated and returned to Trader Vic's. Those who have been found to own such items from long closed establishments such as 'Tiki Bob's' of San Francisco may be liable for damages totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars, if it can be shown that the theft and sale of such items led to the establishment's demise.
A long term mug collector, Abe Rilphool, after hearing of these plans said, " I've over 350 mugs, and if they think they can just come over and seize them, they'll have a fight on their hands. And if they touch my Tiki Bob, I'll stick an unlidded Mr Bali Hai where the sun don't shine."

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midnite
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 1230
From: 37? 47' N, 122? 26' W
Posted: 2003-04-01 2:15 pm   Permalink

Happy New Year you pagan.

Be sure to look for some neat stuff my forefathers stole from some of these Polynesian palaces in decades past. They ain't the Elgin marbles, but what the hey.

Midnite's "Don't be a Tiki fool" extravaganza starts in less than five hours.

Any foreign TC'ers are more than welcome to bid on the items, we will work out the postal issues for fellow members of Tiki Central. That goes for you Woody.

midnite


 
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GECKO
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Joined: Jun 01, 2002
Posts: 1049
From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-04-01 2:43 pm   Permalink

wat'evas! i like see someone from trader vics come in my house and try take wun mug! ho gon be trouble braddah!

 
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Sabu The Coconut Boy
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Joined: Aug 20, 2002
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From: Carson, California
Posted: 2003-04-01 3:37 pm   Permalink

Don't be so sure, Gecko.

This whole fiasco started when someone from Trader Vic's saw my Voodoo Tumbler sell for $567 on Ebay earlier this month. I guess that was too great a temptation and started the idea germinating in their heads.

I thought it was all a joke too when their lawyer initially phoned me and I hung up on him, thinking it was con-artist out to make a few bucks off me. But then Ebay closed my seller account down and a representive from the Beverly Hill's Trader Vic's showed up at my house with two police officers and proceeded to confiscate all seven of my remaining Voodoo Tumblers from that same lot as well as my four Port/Starboard Light Tumblers. I was also asked to please turn over my profits from my Voodoo Tumbler sale or risk a lawsuit. I paid.

I'm debating whether to ship my remaining valuable mugs to Trader Woody in the UK for safekeeping, where they should be safe enough from confiscation until this blows over here in the States. Keep your fingers crossed and be glad you live in Hawaii.

Sabu


 
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laney
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Joined: May 20, 2002
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From: orange county CA
Posted: 2003-04-01 3:44 pm   Permalink

Sabu, I'm shocked! Is this another April Fools joke?
I'm glad my Suffering Bastard was a purchased item but I should see if my parents still have the receipt!
How many other mugs could have been purched back then? If they could, you have a good case on your hands! Fight this!


 
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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-04-01 3:48 pm   Permalink

Laney,

04.01.03



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PolynesianPop
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-04-01 3:51 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-04-01 15:37, Sabu The Coconut Boy wrote:
I'm debating whether to ship my remaining valuable mugs to Trader Woody in the UK for safekeeping, where they should be safe enough from confiscation until this blows over here in the States. Keep your fingers crossed and be glad you live in Hawaii.




I'm guessing, this will all blow-over tomorrow! And Gecko, as you know, Hawaii IS in the United States!


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Suburban Hipster
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Joined: Aug 12, 2002
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From: Rockville, Maryland
Posted: 2003-04-01 3:56 pm   Permalink

Trader Woody and Sabu, thank you so much for the warning. As a precaution against litigation I have just smashed all my vintage mugs. I feel greatly relieved now.

 
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GECKO
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-04-01 4:24 pm   Permalink

WTF!! wat, they had a search warrant o' something? dey wanna play dirty you should have sed NO! not until I see my lawyer!

they can't just take your sh*t! This isn't brand new stuff from that TV that took your stuff. This is stuff you got elsewhere and is probubly older than the police officers dat came to your door. After three years go buy you cannot claim stollen goods anymore. Atleast thats what I was told when I tryed to collect on a tiki that was stollen from a friends yard. About five years went by and we were told they couldnt do anything about it cuz the guy sed he bought it at the swap meet. they called it "Statue of limitations" i think.

Thats BS! I still would like to see dem step in my door without a warrant or seeing a lawyer about this first. There is some layers that will work for you and get paid after the trial if he wins.



 
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laney
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From: orange county CA
Posted: 2003-04-01 4:35 pm   Permalink

Hey, I started this April Fool's crap before anyone else on the Main Forum. You can't kid a kidder!

[ This Message was edited by: laney on 2003-04-01 16:36 ]


 
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Doctor Z
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
Posted: 2003-04-01 6:24 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-04-01 14:06, Trader Woody wrote:

A long term mug collector, Abe Rilphool, after hearing of these plans...



"Abe Rilphool"?? Damn, if you can't get "April Fool" outta that name... c'mon!

I guess ther really is one born every minute!
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mrsmiley
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Joined: Apr 03, 2002
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From: Las Vegas, NV
Posted: 2003-04-01 6:47 pm   Permalink

Absolutely frightening story!! It so bothered me that I junked ALL my tiki stuff-tore the bamboo from the walls, went down to the local Thomas Kincade Gallery and I am glad to say that the UGH House Tiki Bar is now..."The Painter of Light" Room!!



I can sleep easier now.


 
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GECKO
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From: South Sea Arts Honolulu
Posted: 2003-04-02 12:34 am   Permalink

you guys suck!

Laney didn't get me on hers but DAM IT.... Sabu did.


 
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MakeDaMug
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Joined: Mar 28, 2002
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From: behind a cluttered desk
Posted: 2003-04-02 12:41 am   Permalink

I'm allowed 1 phone call from jail, but with today's electronic avenues, they kindly afforded me one email instead... this is a new option. They got me, it's big... I'm feelin' the cell b*tch disorder is gonna kick in soon. Sh*t, somebody sell their TVic repro's now while they can and bail me out! I'm off to make pez heads instead!

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woofmutt
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Joined: Mar 26, 2002
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2003-04-02 01:18 am   Permalink

I don't see what's funny in joking about crack-head pimps. They have feelings too, you know.

 
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