Hot Dogs Demanded as Ransom

Historic photo album snatched from Cleburne hot dog shop

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    Odd and curious things seem to haunt Garza's Famous Chigo Hot Dogs Restaurant in Cleburne, Texas — reports of ghost sightings and paranormal events, the head pilfered from the restaurant’s mascot mannequin, and now a ransom demand for 100 free hot dogs for the first 100 patrons on Valentine’s Day.

    All this comes courtesy of the Cleburne Times Review.

    The latest oddity, the ransom demand, centers on a photo album containing images that date back to the 1800s. According to the article, the album was found in an upstairs section of the old building that houses Garza's Famous Chigo Hot Dogs.

    The building’s owner found the album and gave it to his son, the owner of the hot dog shop. Casey Garza displayed the album for customers to peruse while awaiting their orders.

    The photo book disappeared back in October, but someone recently wrote an unsigned letter to the local newspaper saying he or she would return the historic — for Cleburne — photo album if Garza agreed to give away 100 hot dogs to prove his love — Valentine’s Day, get it — Cleburne’s past and present residents.

    The offer is good, but don’t get too excited, hot dog lovers of Cleburne. The freebies will be the Lonely Dog off the menu — not a chili dog, no foot-long, nothing fancy, just a bun, wiener, and choice of mustard or ketchup. Still, it’s free while the 100 last.

    People do some weird… stuff.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He likes hot dogs, but not enough to drive to Cleburne.