Not a very bright kidnapper

Posted: 11th July 2012 by Aaron Hagen in Uncategorized
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The ransom note I found on my desk this morning

This isn’t the first time this has happened.

A few years back, I was the victim of a senseless kidnapping.

And last night, I was hit again.

But this time, the kidnappers weren’t very smart.

Let me back up a little bit.

A couple days ago, Julie Buntjer and I received a small gift in the mail. It was a thank you from AGCO in Jackson for covering the opening of their Intivity Center. It was a nice metal plaque, which was painted red.

Well, when I came into work this morning, I found a crumpled up piece of paper on my desk.

Actually, it took me a while to find it. My desk isn’t exactly clean. But when I opened up the note it read something like this:

If you ever want to see the rest of your precious trophy again you will give a ransom of $5,000 to the man who walks in at 3 p.m.

That person hasn’t walked in yet, but I have some of the “money” ready to go.

Of course, the “money” is play money I received from Joe Froemming as a secret Santa gift a few years ago.

The “trophy” — on top of the desk — wasn’t well hidden

Like a good negotiator, I only put in $1,000 and a note that I wanted assurances that the trophy was still OK before I paid the rest of the money.

Yes, sometimes I think we have too much fun here at the Daily Globe.

However, going back to this morning, when I found the note, I immediately looked up to where I had left the trophy the night before.

And it was gone.

But I found it almost immediately. From where my desk sits, it was directly above my monitor. Of course, it was sitting on top of Chris Murphy’s desk, but from my vantage point, it looks like it’s sitting on top of my computer.

Not a very clever bunch.

I believe the sport of “kidnapping” actually started with myself and former co-worker Kevin Kyle. We stole a stuffed pig from Kari Lucin and demanded brownies.

We got the brownies, but not before we had a little fun with it.

That led to some retaliation, of course, so this is nothing new.

But this might be one of the feeblest attempts so far.

I expected better from the mastermind that is Chris Murphy.