Parksville mayor arrested after taking the wrong Forks

Chris Burger arrested in Forks, Washington as publicity stunt

Parksville acting mayor Chris Burger being         arrested in Forks, Washington where the Lions hoped to trade him for a banner.

Parksville acting mayor Chris Burger being arrested in Forks, Washington where the Lions hoped to trade him for a banner.

When Parksville’s acting mayor Chris Burger flew his wife to Forks, Washington in a small plane recently, he was promptly arrested for theft.

Fortunately the arresting officer had a big smile as he did it and a chuckling Forks Lions Club member was giving him a tour of city hall and the police station at the time.

“Apparently Lions clubs have a thing where they swipe each other’s stuff,” Burger said, and the Forks club was looking to get a banner back that had allegedly been taken by a Vancouver Island club during a conference.

“Mayor Burger from the city of Parksville stopped by Forks today for a visit. We would like to trade him for our banner. Is this a fair trade?” the Forks club asked the B.C. Lions head office by e-mail.

“We have made sure he has a nice a cozy room and he is well fed. We really do enjoy Mayor Burger and he is a stand up guy for helping us find our banner.”

Unfortunately for Burger the Canadian clubs didn’t feel it was a fair trade and replied: “Sorry Mayor Burger, you will have to be put on ice for a bit till someone fesses up over here in Canada! Enjoy your stay and we do hope the Forks Club treats you real nice!”

“I have to say I was a little disappointed by the response,” Burger said with a chuckle about the incident that wrapped up within half an hour and was meant as a local publicity event.

“Luckily I was able to resist their enhanced interrogation techniques since I didn’t know anything,” Burger said.

Burger was released and said they had a great tour around the 3,500 person Olympic Peninsula city where the film Twilight was partly filmed and is now a subtle but consistent tourist theme throughout.

“I was really impressed with the community, it felt very much like home,” he said.

 

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