Ransom note demands cheesecake in exchange for garden gnome’s freedom

By | June 12, 2021

The kidnapping of a cafe’s beloved garden gnome in the Portobello area of Edinburgh, Scotland, has locals mesmerized.

The gnome went missing in early June from the Butternut Squash Café, which was soon sent a bizarre ransom note demanding no money, but cheesecake.

The cafe posted a pic of the note on its Facebook page which read: “We have your gnome. If you want to see him again leave 2 cheesecakes when you shut the cafe, We will be watching.”

The cafe refused to bow to the specific demands and instead left two pieces of shortbread outside the eatery with a note on social media that read: “Kidnappers your treasure awaits…”

The thieves were not impressed and sent another ransom note threatening: “Shortbread!!!!! We asked for cheesecake!!!!! You have 24 hours or your gnome gets dusty binned.”

The bandits are demanding cheesecake in exchange for the gnome's safe return.
The bandits are demanding cheesecake in exchange for the gnome’s safe return.

The cafe held firm and refused to deliver cheesecake. Yesterday the cafe shared a picture of the note, which also included a picture of a broken gnome, on Facebook noting: “We will not negotiate with gnomenappers.”

In the meantime, there is a new gnome in the cafe gardens. The cafe noted: “Even our customers think we shouldn’t be held to ransom… We have a new butternut friend!! Ps cheesecake is sold out for now. #bringbacktheoriginal.”

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