Regulars of the Creekside Coffee Factory have had the stuffing knocked out them, after Bearamel Macchiato – their beloved giant teddy bear – was kidnapped Saturday.
The kidnapper can be clearly seen in CCTV footage, strolling in, hugging the big white bear, and then making off with Macchiato.
Customers and staff alike have been devastated by the crime, with many posting photos on Facebook, remembering the five years they spent with the big bear in their lives.
In a bid to appeal to the kidnapper’s better nature, Bearamel’s owners have penned a plea for mercy and posted it on Facebook. Here’s a condensed version:
Hey Mr. Kidnapper,
I don’t know if you have reached these posts on our Facebook but it seems hard not to have. You seem [to] like hang around this area often. I am sure someone will recognize it’s you.
This is [a] very small town. It’s a big shame.
250 to 300 people visit our store everyday. We have more than 1,000 regular customers and most of them are local people for sure. They will see your picture in my store. Moreover, several thousand people saw these posts on FB already.
You might [see] how many people are disappointed from what you did….If you want to fix this, it’s very simple.
We leave the door closed when we are preparing opening, which is 6:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. and there are not many people in this mall. You can just leave him in front of the door, knock the door and walk away.
If you want to come at night, we leave the door open and do cleaning from 9 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can just throw him in and walk away.
As long as we get him back soon, we will consider it as a joke and delete all the posts.
If we don’t get him back soon, we will do our best to make [sure] every single person in the Tri-Cities sees these pictures and video.
If you’ve seen Bearamel Macchiato, or you know where he is, let us know. For the bear’s sake.