June 15, 2002
It now appears something of a Japanese tradition to deface the man intriguingly described in The Japan Times newspaper as “the bearded poultry icon” on days of great celebration.[02:22 AM]
The Colonel was whisked from a store in Kobe’s Sannomiya entertainment district by a mob of men.
They then kicked the statue and made off with its hands.
It was a repeat of an incident in 1985 when, after a Hanshin Tigers triumph, a life-sized model of Colonel Sanders was stolen and thrown into the Dotonbori River.
The Colonel was replaced by Japan fans yesterday, with 500 hurling themselves into the river in joy, despite the presence of 400 police officers detailed to stop them.