Blog: "Hot dogs are meant to be enjoyed - not weaponised"
Sam Webb | 11 October 2011
An absolute beauty of a press release dropped into my inbox in the aftermath of golfer Tiger Woods unfortunate incident with a hot dog-wielding fan yesterday (10 August).
For those of you who didn't know, Woods was preparing to putt at the Frys.com Open when a man - subsequently labelled "an idiot" by the tournament's director of security - broke away from the crowd and tossed the hot dog in Woods' direction.
The sausage-wielding warrior then calmly surrendered and was arrested by (presumably utterly bemused) local police.
Cue a horrified (and tongue-in-cheek) response from the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council in the US.
Esteemed council president Janet Riley said: "The use of an iconic food in an act of violence against an iconic golfer like Tiger Woods is reprehensible -- and a violation of hot dog etiquette.
"Some might call the thrower a 'wiener,' but we'd say that's too high a compliment", she thundered.
"Hot dogs are meant to be enjoyed - not weaponised."
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