Big Mango theft a publicity stunt
THE suspected stealing of Bowen’s Big Mango has turned out to be nothing more than a publicity stunt.
On Tuesday, the fast food chain Nando’s came forward saying they were responsible for the hoax. Bowen’s famous 10m high Big Mango “went missing” on Monday morning.
The “theft” was not reported to the police, who confirmed they were not investigating the matter.
Nonetheless the story of the disappearing mango featured across Australian and international media.
Destination marketing manager for Whitsundays Marketing and Development, Daryl Hudson, was interviewed about the ‘disappearance’ on national TV.
“We have put the word out. As you can imagine, the big mango is very important for the community. We haven’t received any leads at all,” he told Channel Seven’s Sunrise program.
Tourism Bowen eventually released CCTV footage of the ‘thieves’ at work in the early hours of the morning, stealing the town’s beloved tourist attraction.
But just hours hours after tourism officials denied its disappearance was part of a publicity stunt a local crane company confirmed the prank and the big fruit was found by a local resident about 500 metres from where it originally sat.
On claiming responsibility for the heist, Nando’s thanked the people of Bowen “for being good sports about us ‘borrowing’ their beautiful mango”. “All will be revealed as to why we did it this Friday morning.”