Bieber cut-out caper concluded 0
A cut-out image of teen singer Justin Bieber, used to market a perfume under his name.
Police may have closed the case on the missing Justin Bieber.
On New Year's Day, a cardboard cutout of the teen singing sensation 'walked' out of the Collingwood Shopper's Drug Mart, which was still at its downtown location.
The cutout was part of a chain-wide campaign advertising Someday, a fragrance for young women marketed under Bieber's name. According to a Shopper's spokesperson at the time, it was also not the first time a facsimile of Bieber had been stolen.
The one in the Collingwood store was to be auctioned off to raise money for My Friend's House, the women's crisis shelter. Other stores in the chain had also been using the cut-out for local fundraising initiatives; some were auctioning them off, while other stores were offering people the chance to have their photo taken next to the likeness of Bieber.
In a recent edition of the Globe and Mail, a Toronto woman penned an essay, detailing how she and her friends saw the cutout in the store following lunch and an afternoon of shopping. While the writer, Christine Biggs of Toronto, does not say from where they stole the cut-out, there are enough clues in the story that it appears to point to the incident in Collingwood.
Biggs says her friend swiped the ersatz 'Bieb' to surprise her 10-year-old daughter.
Collingwood OPP spokesperson Martin Hachey noted while the story doesn't identify the community, "it does have matching information such as the relocation of the store and the cut-out being auctioned off for charity."
Biggs indicates the cut-out was eventually returned to a Shopper's location in Toronto, after she and her friend realized the item was going to be auctioned off.
"It's nice to see that the item was returned in the end; however, just a reminder, next time, ask the store employee if the item is for sale," said Hachey.