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Someone Is Waging A Weird Campaign Of Hot Dog Terrorism Against This Town's Mayor

Youthful hijinks, or something darker?

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This is Charles Pender. He's the mayor of Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.


But he's also [cue dramatic music] the target of a hot dog terrorist.


Pender, who is running for reelection, recently tweeted photos of a vandalized campaign sign.

Someone had cut a hole in the sign and placed an uncooked hot dog in Pender's mouth.

Someone had cut a hole in the sign and placed an uncooked hot dog in Pender's mouth.

"Signs are expensive," Pender tweeted. "I hope this is not how it's going to be."

@charlespendercb / Twitter / Via Twitter: @charlespendercb

[Cue dramatic music again] But little did he know, this was how it was going to be.

@charlespendercb / Twitter

A week after Pender's campaign sign was vandalized, someone left a bunch of hot dogs on his car windshield.

Donnie sign vandalism has progressed to incursions into my property and home.

@charlespendercb / Twitter / Via Twitter: @charlespendercb

Pender told CBC News that he considered it "minor mischief," but he still alerted the police, who said they'd investigate.

"Unfortunately, when you're a candidate, and mayor, sometimes you're a target for this foolishness," he said. "I'm just hoping it's over and done with now."

At least Pender hasn't let this campaign of intimidation dampen his love of hot dogs.

I have a hankering for a hot dog today! Come up to Dominion and support @cyn_youth #CornerBrook @HumberCommunity

@charlespendercb / Twitter / Via Twitter: @charlespendercb

Meanwhile, the hot dog bandit is still out there somewhere.

Municipal elections in Newfoundland and Labrador take place Sept. 26.

Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

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