So the rest of London might be obsessing over the Tory leadership campaign and the many, MANY Boris and Carrie sitting in a park memes, but here at Hot Dinners we've been completely caught up by the disappearance of the Passyunk Avenue much-loved Philadelphia Eagles mascot head.
The story kicked off two days ago, when the Fizrovia restaurant, which specialises in Philly cheesesteaks, and is stuffed with all manner of NFL memorabilia, posted this on Twitter.
To our customer who accidentally walked off w/ our beloved Swoop head pictured here. We have your CC details and your face on CCTV. Return it before Wed close of business and no questions will be asked, otherwise we will refer to higher authorities. #brotherlylove pic.twitter.com/nnJiSbdAMZ— Passyunk Avenue (@passyunkavenue) June 23, 2019
How someone 'accidentally' walks off with a huge eagle head is debatable. But then things got a little - odd.
UPDATE: the customer that absconded with our Swoop head left his ruck sack complete with towels, beer pong cups, condoms and digestives - we suppose he intended to make things a bit freaky by gettin’ busy in a mascot head. The police will return your prophylactics & snacks.— Passyunk Avenue (@passyunkavenue) June 23, 2019
Yes, the digestives were an odd touch and one that confounded some of the restaurant's followers on Twitter...
🤣🤣🤣omg I thought this was my Passyunk here in Philly, almost sent this to my bf at work in *real* Passyunk at Royal Tavern! I gotta say, that's quite a real Philly shenanigan 😂🤣 A.) Kudos B.) No wonder I had no clue what you meant by "digestives"— Spyral Storm (@juliemurphyarts) June 24, 2019
With no sign of Swoop in sight, the team started to appeal to what it thought was the abductor's weakest points.
To the abductor of Swoop: By now, you are likely hungry and engaged in unprotected coitus. Why not take us up on our offer of amnesty. It stands until the end of the day Wed at which point you’ll be in the hands of the law and they know where you live, for real! #surrenderswoop pic.twitter.com/1WNvPmYrA9— Passyunk Avenue (@passyunkavenue) June 24, 2019
The theft even hit the news back home in Philadelphia
Finally, we had the news we were waiting for.
Whether it was the novenas recited dutifully at the Nick Foles Shrine, the well wishes of friends or the intercession of Brotherly Love, we are pleased to report that Swoop was returned to the nest this late last night, shaken, but unharmed and happy to be home. /3— Passyunk Avenue (@passyunkavenue) June 25, 2019
So it all ended up happily ever after.
More about Passyunk Avenue
Where is it? 80 Cleveland Street, London, United Kingdom