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Brewers promo marred by statue stakeouts, hoarding


MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Milwaukee Brewers were hoping for an enthusiastic response to their "Where's Bernie?" promotional program. They probably weren't expecting early morning fan stakeouts, Internet auctions and isolated reports of lawn-ornament hoarding.

About 1,400 lawn ornament statues depicting Milwaukee's "Bernie Brewer" mascot were hidden across Wisconsin early Tuesday morning, some with tickets, prizes and player autographs attached.

It didn't take long before social networking websites were buzzing with complaints about fans staking out workers and snapping up the statues as soon as they were hidden. One Twitter user posted a photo of at least 10 statues stuffed in the trunk of a car, drawing the ire of fellow fans. Several of the statues were up for sale on eBay, with bids topping $200.

Brewers officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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