Anybody remember the late-'70s blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit? The one where a strapping young Burt Reynolds bootlegs 400 cases of Coors Banquet across the South at the behest of two wealthy Texans with 80 grand to spare? Shit is real, turns out.
Example A: In 2004, Moosehead Brewing, a successful Canadian (yes, them again) craft beer outfit lost track of a Mexico-bound tractor trailer ferrying 50,400 cans of their flagship lager. When the law finally apprehended the missing goods in a New Brunswick McDonald’s parking lot, they discovered that the 31-year-old beer bandit had already distributed most of his hefty load throughout the province.
Ten years later, a burglar quietly ganked a semi hauling $32,000 worth of Miller High Life from an Orlando truck stop. The truck’s driver, who had bought the rig just three weeks prior, was reduced to a blubbering mess at the loss. Thankfully, it didn’t take long for Florida police to find the man’s beloved vehicle, chilling in Miami, fully intact and still containing most of the 44,000lbs of lost brew.
Then, just this past June, two flatbeds packed with a baffling $90,000 in SweetWater beer disappeared from the Atlanta-based brewery. Using the trucks’ GPS systems, it only took one hour for police to locate 10 pallets worth of the 80,000 renegade bottles, which had been stashed in a nearby warehouse. SweetWater hired a private investigator to hunt down the remaining 30 pallets, and less than 24 hours later, the beer returned home safe and sound.
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