An Arizona Highway Patrol officer who ran the Wienermobile’s plates as the vehicle traveled for a promotion briefly thought the giant hot dog on wheels was, well, hot.
The 27-foot-long, 11-foot-tall vehicle was in a construction zone in downtown Tucson Wednesday, slowing traffic. Officer Korey Lankow caught up to it and ran its “Y-U-M-M-Y” license plate to make sure it was street legal.
The plate came back as stolen. Lankow pulled over the Wienermobile, and two more officers arrived to help. It turns out someone had indeed stolen the “Y-U-M-M-Y” plate off the Wienermobile in Columbia, Missouri, back in February. Oscar Mayer officials reported the theft to police there, company spokeswoman Syd Lindner said. The company got a replacement YUMMY plate that same month and notified police in Missouri, Lindner said.
Garbage In is Garbage Out. Someone forgot to put a note in the file about the replacement plate.