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SpongeBob Kidnappers Seek Ransom for Doll

November 25, 2004

Have you seen this sponge? Police are looking for a blow-up figure of SpongeBob SquarePants swiped from a Minnesota Burger King. They’ve found a ransom note which starts off: “We have SpongeBob.” It then demands, “Give us ten Crabby Patties, fries and milkshakes.”

The ransom note is signed by SpongeBob’s nemesis, Plankton. A postscript reads: “Patrick is next,” referring to the Bermuda shorts-wearing starfish that serves as SpongeBob’s sidekick.

At a southeastern Utah Burger King, vandals made off with a 10-foot-tall SpongeBob balloon.

Employees are handing out “Missing” fliers with a full description of the popular cartoon figure – featured in a new movie.