Mr Pickles Sign Returned, so Lay Off ‘The Pickler’

We were wrong yesterday about the likelihood of the Mr Prickles sign’s safe return. On the very day when we said we “didn’t have much hope,” the thief actually brought Mr Pickles back home safe, complete with a new red bandanna. Mission Mission played a critical role in the return, drawing out the thief, whose identity was tracked down by a Yahoo employee, who passed it on to the blog. As pressure mounted, “The Pickler” dropped off the sign around the corner from the shop last night, safe and sound.

But we take issue with all the comments subsequently bashing The Pickler.

Yes, it was wrong to take the sign, and we were all scared it was gone forever, but the whole story is undeniably funny, providing excellent fodder for bloggers and amateur detectives, and a great neighborhood caper for people to talk about over drinks. What would the Mission District be if pranksters didn’t rile things up once in a while? It would be the Marina, that’s what. Let’s be clear, we’re not defending The Pickler — we’d be really disappointed if he’d succeeded in his nefarious plot — but this is just the kind of thing that makes this city so fun. The Pickler is like the Emperor Norton or Grasshopper Kaplan of criminal masterminds. So while we applaud Mission Mission and the rest of the neighbors who cracked the case, we tip our hat to the villain as well. And since he escaped into the night, it seems there’s the possibility for a sequel. Jimmy the Corn Man, watch out.

[Photo: Via Telstar Logistics/flickr]

Mr Pickles Sign Returned, so Lay Off ‘The Pickler’