UPDATED: 'Drunken fool' returns stolen Sour Toe
Friday, June 23, 2017, 5:22 PM - The Great Sourtoe Heist of 2017 has come to an end, with a note of apology and a returned human toe.
The Downtown Hotel in Dawson City, Yukon, was left one toe short after someone allegedly made off with the garnish of its famous “Sourtoe Cocktail,” a shot of liquor topped with a severed human toe.
The apparent thief seems to have mailed the toe back to the hotel, along with a letter of apology, after the RCMP said they would investigate.
"I'm deeply sorry," reads the note, signed 'A drunken fool.' "I was way to drunk (sic), and lost my mind celebrating a special Yukon date."
The toe arrived Thursday, and appears to be undamaged. The hotel’s Toe Master, Terry Lee, believes the culprit ordered the cocktail on Saturday night.
“He was bragging that he was going to steal the toe,” he said. “The bar tender turned around, and he just walked out with it.”
Lee, says that this particular toe can normally earn the bar $80,000 in revenue in a year.
“We have a few toes, but they took the best one,” he said.
You don’t just order the drink – Lee will say the “Sourtoe Prologue” and hand you a certificate. The prologue states an important rule: The toe must touch your lips, but swallowing it is strictly forbidden. That is, unless you want to pay a $2,500 fine.
The fine used to be $500, until one patron blatantly disregarded the rule by downing the cocktail, toe and all, before slamming the fee on the table.
Over 60,000 brave souls have come from far and wide to try the unique drink.
On their website, the hotel implores the public to donate a toe, so that they will be “forever immortalized” In the Sourtoe Hall of Fame.
With files from Daniel Martins.