Flamingos fly the coop
However, on Tuesday morning, Sept. 4, the 50 flamingos, minus their wire stakes, were stolen from the yard of Task Properties in downtown Lake Stevens after being placed there the night before.
The police were notified and were quick to find the culprits. However, the Rotary Club has chosen not to press charges since the plastic flamingos were returned.
“The outstanding Lake Stevens Police department put their noses to the ground and their ears to the wall and have found our flamingos,” Rick Bond, Rotary Club President said.
The flamingos are actually a fundraising “prank” put on by the Lake Stevens Rotary Club.
The idea is the brainchild of Don Spiers, one of the members of the club. The group who actually put the flamingos in the yards call themselves the ”Flamin’ Flamingo Wranglers”.
The idea is to place the 50 pink birds on the properties of local businesses and area dignitaries.
To have the flamingos removed the victim pays the club $20. If they want them removed and planted on someone else’s property, which is chosen by the victim, the price goes up to $25. If they pay $30 they are guaranteed not be “flamingoed” again and if they want to stop the prank before it gets to their property altogether, they can pay the club $35 up front.
“We are planning to use the funds both to raise money for the scholarships we give and for work on the playgrounds we sponsor.” Speirs said.
Fortunately, all of the flamingos have been recovered and the fundraising can go on.
Look out, you may be the next victim be “flamingoed” by the Flamin’ Flamingo Wrnaglers.