In a crime which gave new meaning to the term portable audio, a pair of headphones had been lifted in Halifax. The phones, measuring five feet by five feet, had been mounted on a Metro Transit bus shelter on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada to advertise free workout music, in a campaign to get more fitness buffs to drink chocolate milk as a post-exercise restorative, via a QR code. (Perhaps if they drank water instead, they would need to exercise less, but I digress.)
Unfortunately for crime writers and other humourists, the thieves or accessories after the fact decided to return the phones to the scene of the crime the day after the theft was reported. This morning the giant phones reappeared at but not mounted on the glass bus shelter.
Nobody, apparently, noticed the removal, restoration, or transportation of the oversized headphones "sometime between the end of May and the first week of June." One can use the plurals thieves or accessories after the fact, because, in a deduction worthy of Sherlock Holmes, Halifax Regional Police have stated that given the size of the said headphones, they believe that "two or more people were responsible" for this dastardly deed. The perpetrators are, shall we say, still at large.
Marketnews does not make this stuff up. It merely reports it.
The advertising campaign that began in mid-April is scheduled to run into July. Last month saw the large headphones, said to cost $12,000, installed in both Halifax and Toronto. They were reportedly damaged when returned.
In view of the time remaining for copycat criminals to conspire to commit another big heist, Marketnews as a public service to our readers cautions CE retailers, repair persons, and pawn shop owners to be suspicious of any person or persons seeking to sell or have repaired a pair of headphones as large as a small automobile.
Photo Credit: Halifax Regional Police